Key Club members made the rounds to area police stations today and delivered 120 teddy bears to help police comfort children who encounter emergency services. Officers will give them to children who experience traumatic events such as car accidents, fires or domestic incidents.
"Thank you. This is great, " said Haverhill Police Captain Stephen Doherty, as he accepted 40 bears in the lobby at Haverhill Police Department with Sgt. John Rosario and Whittier's School Resource Officer Jamie Landry. "We will have a bear in every cruiser and officers will hand them out to children who are in an upsetting situation to comfort them." Some area police departments had bears donated at one time, but most have run out and welcomed the new additions.
Dubbing themselves "The Teddy Bear Express," students traveled by school van with Key Club Advisor Liz Teixeira and dropped off bears in Haverhill, Merrimac, Salisbury, Amesbury, Rowley and Ipswich.
To pay for the stuffed animals, they raised $400 by selling cookie dough and Key Club President Briana Jackson earned a New England District Key Club Youth Opportunities Grant and the club received an additional $600.
Student members are: Ashlee Chaput, Kailee Chaput, Alyssa Cerullo, Emma Dupri, Khloe Vega, Sarah Dupri, Reilly Ashley, Matt Conner, Philip Blynn, Iyana While, Britnay Chaput, Briana Jackson, Katie Costa, Colinda Kyle, Alex Vega, Natasha Richard and Tabatha Noyes.
They are also led by Key Club Advisor Richard Porcelli.