This Black Friday, Kentucky State Police is asking the holiday shopper's help with their Christmas Wish List.
The KSP Trooper Teddy Project provides teddy bears to children in traumatic situations such as a car crash, exposure to drugs or domestic abuse cases.
KSP’s Trooper Teddy Bears went on sale Thanksgiving night and will sell for $15 over the holiday weekend, according to a press release sent by KSP Sergeant Josh Lawson.
“When KSP is called to a scene, it’s usually a tragic and difficult situation,” said Lawson. “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.”
Lawson said 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,” said Lawson. “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.”
The Trooper Teddy Project struck King's Daughters Medical Center in July when KSP Sgt. Erik Kouns and Trooper Bobby King visited children at the hospital and delivered the bears.
“As a law enforcement officer, it tugs at your heart strings to arrive at a scene and see a child visibly upset and shaken,” said Lawson. “These children are often innocent victims of parents who may have violated the law, or in the middle of a domestic disturbance or worse.”
Lawson said the program is designed to develop trust between officers and children.
“This small gesture provides comfort and builds trust between the trooper and the child,” said Lawson.
For those interested in purchasing a bear or making a tax-deductible contribution to the project, citizens can access the KSP website at http://kentuckystatepolice.org/trooper-teddy/.