Bears On Patrol is a fabulous organization that donates teddy bears to local law enforcement departments.
"The idea for Bears on Patrol started in November of 2008 when I realized that the teddy bears that we sell at Blake's Sublime Designs have so many possible uses. To explain the program very simply, we provide free teddy bears for police officers to use in any situations where small children are involved. Psychological studies have proven that stuffed animals have a significant calming effect on children in stressful or traumatic circumstances.
We need your help to get teddy bears into the hands of police officers who would love to use them, and to educate others about what we are doing. You can start by telling all of your friends about us, and helping us spread the word with our application and cause on Facebook. We are also hoping to be launching an application on Myspace as well."
An ordinary teddy bear named Miles will be making an extraordinary journey around the United States starting Monday, May 10th. His voyage of approximately 8,500 miles, covering nine states, will raise awareness for Bears on Patrol, an organization that provides teddy bears for police departments. The departments use these bears to help comfort children in traumatic or stressful situations. The scheduled stops include:
Southampton, MA ~ Greensboro, NC ~ Charlotte, FL ~ Lakewood, CA ~ Aurora, IL ~ Goshen, IN ~ Washington Court House, OH ~ Philadelphia, PA ~ Fernley, NV
“It is really a simple gesture that can make a huge difference,” said Blake Raab the organization’s executive director. “We have already seen several of our bears go to family members of homicide victims in Philadelphia. Our goal with this promotion is to let people know that we are here and that they can help, without spending any money in some cases.”
Bears on Patrol is a 501(c)3 organization that was founded in 2009. They can be found online at www.BearsOnPatrol.org. The journey of Miles the Traveling Bear can be tracked at www.bearsonpatrol.org/miles