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Seniors make comfort items for kids in emergencies

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Pioneer Crossing has made a connection between its senior citizen residents and children in need.

Property Manager and Activities Director Dee Hiller explained that some Pioneer Crossing residents had made blankets and stuffed animals to donate to law enforcement for them to give to children who are involved in accidents. 

The idea is popular nationally. Law enforecment agencies, firefighters and emergency medical personnel all use the items to help comfort children in such cases, helping keep them calm in traumatic situations.

“One of my people who does activities for my seniors ... she and I were talking, and she said that would be so good,” Hiller said.

The residents made about 15 stuffed animals, and four or five blankets, in a first-time effort. They were donated to the Texas Department of Public Safety. State Trooper Aaron Hanna accepted the donation.

“We thought it would be neat for a donation at Valentine’s,” Hiller said.

The seniors had their work supplemented, too.

Hiller said that Riley Reed, the 18-year-old granddaughter of one of the residents, gathered years of her Build-A-Bear collection and added them to the donation.

This donation went to the Department of Public Safety for Highway Patrol, but Hiller said she doesn't want the sharing for this type of need to end there.

"We're going to do it again," Hiller said.

She said she knew that other area law enforcement and emergency services agencies could use similar donations.

And, she extended an invitation to other clubs to consider doing something similar.

"We just hope more people besides us get involved," Hiller said.

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