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Good ‘Neigh-bear’ makes sure kids are comforted at crime scenes; State Farm agent donates teddy bears to police

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Children who come into contact with police officers will now receive a little bit of extra comfort, thanks to Brittany Wilson — she and the "Good Neigh-bear" (Wilson’s husband, Jeff, in costume) Thursday morning donated a box of 50 stuffed bears to Sulphur Springs Police Department.

She and SSPD Chief Jim Bayuk, who personally does business with the State Farm Insurance office where Wilson is an agent, were talking recently about community involvement.

Wilson, a newcomer in the local business community, was looking for ways to become more involved, and Bayuk told her about some of the ways his officers give back.

The police chief explained that his officers help sooth children who come into contact with officers during incidents such as accidents, crashes and during investigations involving their parents, whether they are suspects or victims. The conduct of the officers helps allay the children’s fear of the situation — as well as fears about the officers.

Wilson, following in the footsteps of some other generous individuals and groups who have made contributions over the last few years, offered to donate a box full of stuffed bears to police. The items will be carried in patrol vehicles for officers on patrol to hand out to children.

“Brittany is making a difference,” Bayuk said. “It was a good fit.”

Wilson agreed, saying, “The chief and his officers help in the community, and I heard about it and wanted to become more active in the community. If they run out [of bears], if he’ll let me know, we’ll get them some more.”

 

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