Date: June 12, 2000 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Sterling Ivey, 863 534-6377 or 819-0221 pager
Stuffed Animals Needed

The Polk County Sheriff's Office uses many items, such as stuffed bears, quilts and afghans to comfort children after a traumatic experience, or to comfort children who have been the victim of a crime. Many of the bears and assorted blankets are made by groups and individuals in Polk County, who volunteer their time and resources. For the child, these small gifts provide a sense of comfort. Deputies, Detectives and Victim/Witness advocates distribute the Boo-Boo Bears and blankets throughout the year to children who are in need.

These small gifts make it possible to comfort a child in difficult circumstances. There is a constant need for groups, civic clubs, and citizens to produce the easy-to-make stuffed animals. One group, the Blue Heron Bay Mobile Home Park located in Haines City, has made over 200 fabric animal toys out of various prints. The assortment of stuffed toys include bears, elephants, dogs and clowns. The group of 11 ladies work for hours, on their own time, cutting, sewing and stitching the animals together. Their countless hours of dedication and hard work have benefited many children in Polk County.

If your group or civic club is interested in participating or beginning a similar project you are encouraged to call the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Community Services Section at 863-534-0980.

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