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.