In late September, the Austin Police Department and APD Victim Services received 600 stuffed animals from the Austin Junior Forum Teddy Bear Program at APD Headquarters.
First Responders (Police, Fire and EMS) give away the teddy bears and plush Dalmatians to children during a traumatic event. Children are often scared during a fire, traffic crash, or medical emergency. Providing a stuffed animal during these stressful moments for children can bring them comfort and something tangible to hold onto.
“For the last twenty eight years, the ladies of Austin Junior Forum have been pleased to be able to support our first responders as they help the children in our community who are in crisis,” said Cristina Valdés of the Austin Junior Forum. “These teddy bears and Dalmatians help calm a child or adult after a traumatic event. They are proof that a small act of kindness can make a huge difference. We deeply appreciate our sponsors who have helped us over the years.”
The Austin Junior Forum is a non-profit volunteer organization supporting women, children and elderly in the Austin area through community service and fund-raising. To learn more, visit austinjuniorforum.org.