Bears Of­fer Com­fort to trau­ma­tized kids

Corvette Club funds care bears for cops

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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.

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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.

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