Kentucky State Police hopes shoppers will add a Trooper Teddy Bear to their Christmas lists this year.
According to the news release, these teddy bears, which went on sale Thanksgiving night, will be sold for $15 dollars over the holiday weekend. For those interested in purchasing a bear or making a tax deductible contribution to the project, visit kentuckystatepolice.org/trooper-teddy/.
The purchase of a Trooper Teddy Bear will help to provide children "in traumatic situations such as a car crash, exposure to drugs or domestic abuse cases, which frequently result in the arrest of a parent" with a teddy bear, according to the release.
"When KSP is called to a scene, it's usually a tragic and difficult situation," KSP spokesman Sergeant Josh Lawson said in the release. "Unfortunately, there are many incidents where children are involved and witness traumatic things. To minimize the situation and help them cope, we provide children with a teddy bear to calm them down during times of crisis."
The Trooper Teddy project will celebrate its 30-year anniversary in December and exists through generous contributions.
"Like many agencies, KSP didn't have the funds in our budget to purchase the bears, but the need remained," Lawson explained. "The program is completely funded through donations and the sale of bears with our Black Friday sale being one of our most successful fundraising events of the year."