The Public Reaches Out To Our Children
March 16, 2006 -- When KSBJ-FM
89.3 Radio and the YMCA hosted a Hug-A-Bear campaign, the response
from the public was overwhelmingly positive. The Houston Police
Department received more than 9,000 stuffed animals to give to
children who have suffered some level of trauma in their lives.
The response from citizens demonstrates how nothing can touch
a person's heart more than the thought of a child suffering.
Throughout an officer's career, he or she comes
into contact with children whose lives have been touched by a
stressful or traumatic event. With the public's help making the
Hug-A-Bear drive an overwhelming success, the stuffed animals
have been placed in each Houston Police Department patrol vehicle
for officers to give to children involved in stressful situations.
The effect of giving a child something as small as a stuffed animal
can be astronomical in comforting the child.
Photos below are show HPD Lieutenant Robert Manzo
accepting the donations on behalf of the Houston Police Department,
patrol officers collecting the stuffed animals to be placed in
patrol vehicles and how one teddy bear can impact a child's life.
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.