Rotaract Club works to help police comfort children

Paragould Teddy Bear Drive
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PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - One Region 8 group is working to comfort kids who come to the police department.

The Paragould Rotaract Club, which is the young adult section of Rotary, started a teddy bear drive for the Paragould Police Department.

Shawnda James, the club's president, said they were looking for a way to help scared kids who have to go to the police department.

"Anytime that a kid is alone or taken away from their parents or in any kind of stressful situation, just having someone there whether it be a person they know or a teddy bear that they bonded with it will help them get through that time," James said.

James said Greene County has one of the highest rates of foster kids so several are in-and-out of the police department and court system.

"Obviously they are going to have to deal with children a lot more than most other counties," James said. "So this is one thing we thought would be a good way to help."

The group hopes to continue this drive as long as there is a need at the police department.

People wanting to donate teddy bears or stuffed animals can bring them to Rouge Salon and Arkansas Dental Clinic.

The group has already donated about 60 bears to the department.

They donated almost 50 of them on March 29. The club thanked the community for all the support they've provided.

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