Bears Offer Comfort to traumatized kids
Corvette Club funds care bears for cops
The $670 raised by Saugeen Shores Corvette Club members bought 30 teddy bears to donate to Saugeen Shores Police Service to hand out to traumatized kids in need of comfort. Corvette Club members Ron and Gerry Knight and Ron and Betty Bender delivered the bears to Saugeen Shores Police Service Chief Mike Ballai and Sgt. Andy Evans Nov. 27. at the Port Elgin police station.
sometimes, kids need the comfort and care that comes from cuddling a stuffed animal.
The saugeen shores corvette club realized that need and staged a fundraiser to buy 30 teddy bears for saugeen shores Police service officers to hand out to anyone needing a hug or stuffie cuddle. The club raised $670 from its 56 members to pay for the bears.
The bears will be available in all cruisers and at the station to comfort children who are victims of crime or have experienced a traumatic event.
saugeen shores Police service inspector Kevin Zettel said although they’ve handed out stuffed animals in the past, there is no formal program or policy,
“sometimes, it is as simple of giving a child a stuffed bear after a minor vehicle collision; other times they are given out to build rapport before (a child] provides a statement to police about a tragic or difficult situation,” Zettel said in an email prior to the presentation to police nov. 27.
allan sprague at Port elgin’s Turtle crossing specially ordered the bears – a mix of grizzlies, brown and polar bears – and provided the corvette club with a discount.
corvette club members said this was their first philanthropic act, and they plan to continue it next year.
Members of the Saugeen Shores Corvette Club donated $670 at their recent Christmas party to buy stuffed care bears to donate to Saugeen Shores Police Service to hand out to kids in distress.