YMCA Teams Up With Christian Station to Collect
Teddy Bears For Traumatized Children
February 27, 2006 -- On Monday,
February 27, 2006, YMCA officials presented the Houston Police
Department with thousands of teddy bears collected to aid raumatized
children. Local Christian Radio Station KSBJ (89.3 FM) teamed
up with Houston area YMCA's to collect teddy bears for children
who are victims or witnesses of crime. "If it's about helping
our youth, we want to contribute in any way we can," YMCA
chaplain Jamie Clark said.
YMCA centers all over the greater Houston area
assisted HPD and HFD by collecting new teddy bears and stuffed
animals from its members, community and staff. The stuffed animals
will be carried by patrol officers and given to children at crime
scenes because the children either witnessed a crime or were victims
of crime themselves. Some of these toys will also be given to
Juvenile Sex Crimes Unit investigators so that they can bring
comfort to their young victims.
"Often times, children are on the scene
of a crime and they witness a serious offense," said Lieutenant
Robert Manzo." "We know that one small toy can make
a difference in comforting these children," he added.
Pictured: Lieutenant Robert
Manzo accepts the generous donation from YMCA
officials. Click on photo for full size image.
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.