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2/19/04 - Tyler

Teddy Bears for Kids in Trauma

Adults may be able to talk about their problems with friends over coffee. But a teddy bear can be more of a comfort to children. That's why the Tyler Police Department wants to make sure it has enough stuffed animals in stock to give out to children involved in traumatic situations. Today the Bratcher Injury and Wellness Center in Tyler donated more than 60 stuffed animals from its patients. Last week, the clinic offered free services to patients who brought in new stuffed toys. Tyler police say a teddy bear helps children cope with tough emotional situations.

"Small children have a hard time understanding these things," Chris Moore, public information officer for the TPD, said. "They have a hard time articulating their feelings. When you ask them, 'My bear is lonely. Will you hold on to him? Will you be his friend?' it gives them something tangible. It makes them feel better."

Officer Moore says the stuffed animals go to children involved in various traumatic situations, like car accidents, family violence, and deaths of loved ones. Tyler police say various organizations have led teddy bear drives the past few years.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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