Illinois Sheriffs’ Association raises funds to provide ‘Sheriff Bear Comfort Kits’

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The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association raised funds to provide 5,000 ‘Sheriff Bear Comfort Kits’ for deputies across Illinois to distribute to children during distressing calls for service.
Pictured is one of the ‘Sheriff Bear Comfort Kits’.

SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association raised funds to provide 5,000 ‘Sheriff Bear Comfort Kits’ for deputies across Illinois to distribute to children during distressing calls for service. These kits consist of a teddy bear, coloring book, stickers and a frisbee.

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Law enforcement officers are dispatched to shootings, accidents, domestic disturbances, and many more. Any of these incidents can be traumatizing for a child, especially if their parent is needing assistance. Mental health advocates say giving out stuffed animals can have a calming effect on children and a spokesperson with Lutheran Family Services says often times a child will shut down after a traumatizing situation.  They say giving them a toy or stuffed animal can begin the healing process, enabling them to open up and express their feelings. 

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Sheriff Bear Comfort Kits will be kept inside in a number of Sheriffs’ vehicles and deputies can provide kits anytime they feel it is appropriate.  “The ISA took this initiative on this year to ease the impact of these horrible situations on the children that encountering,” said ISA President Sheriff Brian VanVickle, Ogle County.  “This effort is another sterling example of the mission of Sheriffs and the ISA to protect and serve the communities that they work in.  I am extremely proud and thankful to be a Sheriff and President of this organization that is always looking for ways to make our communities better.”

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The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association (ISA) is a nonprofit organization in Springfield, IL whose primary mission is to assist our 102 County Sheriffs throughout the state with training, communication, and the necessary resources for them to serve local communities more efficiently. The ISA was established in 1928 and continues its long-term commitment to help our children prepare for the future through scholarships, drug awareness, community involvement and keeping safe. The ISA serves as a vital information source for our Sheriffs by streamlining communications and continuing to help our Sheriffs and peace officers become more efficient by sharing pending legislation, local events, and case studies.     

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Students at Rochester Junior High, Rochester and Lutheran High School, Springfield, volunteered their time to assemble thousands of Sheriff Bear Comfort Kids.

Their help is appreciated!

via Canton Daily Ledger

November 12, 2021 at 08:11AM

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