Teddy Bear Cops - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Mound City, AR--Bob Snell Reports

Teddy Bear Cops

February 29, 2004--Posted at 10:30 p.m. CST

MOUND CITY--A Crittenden county couple delivers subpeonas and serves warrants, that's their job, but delivering joy and happiness is their passion. 

Tim Veteto and his wife are Mound City constables, but are better known as the Teddy Bear Cops. In the last 4 1/2 years, Veteto and his wife Michelle have collected, sanitized and delivered more than 37,000 teddy bears and stuffed animals.  In the process, they've rolled up nearly 300,000 drive miles all over Region 8 and around the nation.

"Hospitals, nursing homes, fire departments, ambulance services, police departments, anyone with a child in crisis gets bears," says Veteto.

It all started with a teddy bear for their grandson, to get him to buckle up.  That message remains, but it's also been modified a bit.

It's taken a lot of healthy donations to make this labor of love happen.  One of the Teddy Bear volunteers is Grace Tyra of Paragould.  During the last 3 years, Ms Grace alone has donated close to 2,500 fuzzy toys.

"A lot of children don't have stuffed animals, it makes a big difference to see the children's face light up and that big smile," says Tyra.

"We're not the teddy bear cops, we're just honored to give them away," says Veteto. "The volunteers are the teddy bear cops, we couldn't do this without them."

Veteto says, "Words can't describe it. To see like an angel come out of them when they get these bears. To see their face turn from stress to joy, you can't describe it. Nothing is more rewarding than that. I wish everyone could hand someone a bear and watch it change their lives. That act of kindness changes their life. It works, it really does."

For more information about the Teddy Bear Cops or learn about becoming a volunteer go to www.teddybearcop.com

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Arrest made in robbery case

    Arrest made in robbery case

    Sunday, February 18 2018 4:15 PM EST2018-02-18 21:15:41 GMT
    (Source: Dexter Police Department/Facebook)(Source: Dexter Police Department/Facebook)

    A Southeast Missouri man was in custody Sunday after his arrest in connection with a robbery of a convenience store. 

    A Southeast Missouri man was in custody Sunday after his arrest in connection with a robbery of a convenience store. 

  • breaking

    Man dies in house fire in Blytheville

    Man dies in house fire in Blytheville

    Sunday, February 18 2018 3:53 PM EST2018-02-18 20:53:12 GMT
    Sunday, February 18 2018 4:02 PM EST2018-02-18 21:02:16 GMT

    A 60-year-old man died early Sunday in a house fire as authorities in Blytheville attempt to find out the cause of the fire. 

    A 60-year-old man died early Sunday in a house fire as authorities in Blytheville attempt to find out the cause of the fire. 

  • Man arrested in connection with Dexter robbery

    Man arrested in connection with Dexter robbery

    Sunday, February 18 2018 3:58 PM EST2018-02-18 20:58:39 GMT
    (Source: Dexter Police Department)(Source: Dexter Police Department)

    The Dexter Police Department is looking for a suspect in a robbery investigation. The robbery occurred on Wednesday, February 14, at around 10:42 p.m. at Break Time Convenience Store. The unknown man fled the scene on foot with an unknown amount of cash. The surveillance pictures show the suspect in the store and outside. Anyone with any information about this individual is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Cory Mills at 573-624-5512. Download the KFVS News app: ...

    The Dexter Police Department is looking for a suspect in a robbery investigation. The robbery occurred on Wednesday, February 14, at around 10:42 p.m. at Break Time Convenience Store. The unknown man fled the scene on foot with an unknown amount of cash. The surveillance pictures show the suspect in the store and outside. Anyone with any information about this individual is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Cory Mills at 573-624-5512. Download the KFVS News app: ...

Powered by Frankly