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Good Neigh-Bears: State Farm agents donate 100 teddy bears to help firefighters, peace officers soothe children in stressful situations

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The county fire departments and sheriff’s office just got a boost in supplies to use in situations involving children. The agencies received three boxes containing a total of more than 100 stuffed teddy bears to be distributed by officers and firefighters at the scenes of fires, crash scenes and other incidents.

The donation of bears, made by State Farm Insurance agents Paul Stewart and Larry Moore, will go to all 12 county volunteer fire departments as well as Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department so they can be handed out to children who are upset after being swept up in stressful situations.

Hopkins County Judge Cletis Millsap, who does business with the agents, learned during a chance passing at a wreck scene that some county fire departments’ supplies of stuffed animals given to children firemen come into contact with were beginning to dwindle. Aware of a similar donation to the city police department, Millsap mentioned the need to the agents, who offered to make a donation to county fire and law enforcement departments as well, Stewart and Millsap noted.

The agents noted they were glad to donate the bears in hopes they can be used by fire and law enforcement personnel to help calm and sooth the youths, as well as give a small feeling of security to those children they come into contact with during traumatic situations such as house fires, motor vehicle crashes and other calls for service.

More than 100 bears, put two per bag, were delivered by Stewart, Moore and the “Good Neigh Bear” in three boxes this morning to Hopkins County Fire Station. From there, the plush toys will be distributed to each department.

 

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