Tim Teddy Bear Pro­gram help­ing kids

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS -

The Tim Teddy Bear Pro­gram con­tin­ues to bring com­fort to chil­dren across the South­west.

Tim Ted­dys ar­rived in Swift Cur­rent just in time to pro­vide some com­fort to the re­cent flood vic­tims in Maple Creek. Over 70 teddy bears were dis­trib­uted through South West Vic­tim Ser­vices. Lo­cally, Tim Ted­dys are pro­vided by Tim Hor­tons own­ers Pete and Norma Fehr.

The goal of the Tim Teddy Pro­gram is to re­duce the psy­cho­log­i­cal im­pact of a trau­matic sit­u­a­tion on both the short term and long term by di­vert­ing the child’s at­ten­tion from their cur­rent re­al­ity. Dur­ing a trau­matic event, RCMP, fire­fight­ers and paramedics will give a child in need of com­fort a teddy bear, of­ten re­duc­ing the stress of the trauma of the child, as the child is fo­cused on the teddy bear.

The Tim Teddy Bear Pro­gram was first im­ple­mented in 2005. South West Vic­tim Ser­vices was re­cently the re­cip­i­ent of 70 Tim Ted­dys cour­tesy of Norma Fehr from the Swift Cur­rent Tim Hor­tons lo­ca­tions.

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