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Stuffed toys comfort young Calgary crime victims

FILE: A child holds a teddy bear.
FILE: A child holds a teddy bear. Photo by Vladimir Godnik / Mood Board / Rex Features

CALGARY – Calgarians are being asked to help console young crime victims by donating stuffed animals through the 15th annual Share Your Bear event.

Toys donated will be used by Calgary police to comfort children touched by tragedy.

“It is amazing how much of an impact stuffed animals can have on children who witnessed or were victims of a crime,” says Sgt. Brent Hut with the Calgary Police Service Victim Assistance Unit.

“Having a supply of stuffed toys in our office is a huge help to our officers and volunteers when we are trying to help children and youth through traumatizing situations.”

Officers hand out over 4,000 of the stuffed animals each year.

The Share Your Bear campaign was launched in 2000 after members of the Victim Assistance Unit learned about a similar program in Airdrie.

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If you wish to donate a new or gently-used stuffed toy, you can drop it off at any Calgary MaxWell Realty office.