Andrea is Amplyfying Austin Junior Forum's Teddy Bear Program!
The Austin Junior Forum Teddy Bear Program provides Teddy Bears & Dalmatians for local public safety agencies to give to children involved in traumatic events. These stuffed animals have a calming effect, providing comfort and something tangible to hold during times of crisis. In recent years, more than 5,000 children have been involved in crisis situations, and the numbers continue to rise with the growth of our city. Austin's public safety agencies, including the Austin Police Department, Austin Fire Department, Travis County Sheriff's Office, and Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services, have relied on Austin Junior Forum to provide these stuffed animals for more than 20 years.
Your gift of $25 will bring a cuddly friend to five children in crisis situations.
Your gift of $50 will bring a cuddly friend to ten children in crisis situations.
Your gift of $100 will bring a cuddly friend to twenty children in crisis situations.
Your gift of $200 will bring a cuddly friend to forty children in crisis situations by stocking one of Austin's public safety agencies with teddy bears or dalmatians for a month.
Your gift of $1,200 will bring a cuddly friend to two hundred and fifty children in crisis situations by stocking one of Austin's public safety agencies with teddy bears or dalmatians for six months.
Per PULSE Magazine September 2014 - Thanks to the generosity of the Austin Junior Forum the ATCEMA Teddy Bear Program has been revived! Soon all ambulances and Command vehicles will carry a small supply (4-5 per vehicle) of teddy bears. The bear provide children an immediate sense of comfort and calm in frightening situations and medics are free to distribute the bears at their discretion.
Per City of Austin, September 2014 - The Austin Police Department and APD Victim Services received stuffed teddy bears from the Austin Junior Forum Teddy Bear Program on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at APD Headquarters.
First Responders (Police, Fire and EMS) give the teddy bears away to children during a traumatic event. Children are often scared during a fire, traffic crash, or medical emergency. Providing a teddy bear during these stressful moments for children can bring them comfort and something tangible for them to hold onto.
"I gave a teddy bear to a little girl who was in the back seat of a car when it was involved in a collision, she was crying because she was scared but stopped immediately and hugged the bear when I gave it to her" - EMS Crew Member
"We attended to several family members in a home who were sick with the flu, I noticed they didn't have many presents under the tree so we gave the kids some bears and their mother thanked us for being so kind. We were so glad we had the bears!" - EMS Crew Member
"We gave a bear to a little boy we transported to Dell Children's, he said his new teddy made him feel better already". - EMS Crew Member
Thank you for supporting my fundraising campaign, Andrea Jenkins
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