Supply of stuffed animals donated to Roy police and fire departments

Sep 26 2013 - 7:08pm

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Roy Police officers pick up more than 800 stuffed animals donated by community members and employees at the Harmons grocery store in Roy on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. The department had not received a donation in more than three years. They use the new or gently used stuffed animals to hand out to children at the scenes of traumas. (KELLY KEITER/Standard-Examiner)
A Roy fireman loads the ambulance with bags full of stuffed animals donated by Harmons grocery store in Roy on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. The toys are used to hand out to children who are at the scene of traumas.  (KELLY KEITER/Standard-Examiner)
Roy Police Officer Broc Gresham, Harmons Customer Service Manager Brenda Peterson and Harmons Store Director Kent Haslam stand by the Teddy Bear Drive booth outside  Harmons with stuffed animals donated to the Roy police and fire departments. They collected a total of 833 new or gently used stuffed animals. Law enforcement hands the toys out to kids at the scene of trauamas. (KELLY KEITER/Standard-Examiner)
Roy Police officers pick up more than 800 stuffed animals donated by community members and employees at the Harmons grocery store in Roy on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. The department had not received a donation in more than three years. They use the new or gently used stuffed animals to hand out to children at the scenes of traumas. (KELLY KEITER/Standard-Examiner)
A Roy fireman loads the ambulance with bags full of stuffed animals donated by Harmons grocery store in Roy on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. The toys are used to hand out to children who are at the scene of traumas.  (KELLY KEITER/Standard-Examiner)
Roy Police Officer Broc Gresham, Harmons Customer Service Manager Brenda Peterson and Harmons Store Director Kent Haslam stand by the Teddy Bear Drive booth outside  Harmons with stuffed animals donated to the Roy police and fire departments. They collected a total of 833 new or gently used stuffed animals. Law enforcement hands the toys out to kids at the scene of trauamas. (KELLY KEITER/Standard-Examiner)

ROY -- When Roy police and fire officials were down to a bare minimum supply of stuffed animals to give to children in traumatic situations, Harmons Grocery Store stepped in to give them a hand.

On Thursday afternoon, employees from the grocery store in Roy presented the police and fire department with more than 800 stuffed animals, which had been collected through a Teddy Bear Drive.

"We always participate in a service project each year, and this year we wanted to do something that would last longer than a couple of months," said Harmons customer service manager, Brenda Peterson. "Roy Elementary School is our adopt-a-school, so we asked them to pitch in and help. We also asked for help from our employees and customers," Peterson said. "We set out change jars at each of our checkout counters and took the money we collected to purchase even more stuffed animals."

When police and fire officials arrived at the store, there was a sea of stuffed bears, cats, dogs, horses, frogs and many other animals waiting for them to whisk away.

"This really means a lot to us," said Roy police officer, Broc Gresham.

"We deal with a lot of nasty situations and too many times an innocent child is involved," Gresham said. "There are domestic violence calls, children whose parents are doing drugs, just a lot of unfortunate situations and if we can give the child a stuffed animal to help them for even a few minutes that makes us very happy."

Roy fire Capt. Kevin Monson said the stuffed animals also help a great deal when a child is injured or sick.

"It serves as a great distraction and helps take their mind off of their problem," Monson said. "A lot of times it makes the child feel more secure and makes them smile."

Harmons store director, Kent Haslam, said the police and fire departments are a great resource in the community.

"We are very appreciative of everything you do for our community. We know you have a hard job and we want to help you out any way that we can," he said.

If you would like to donate a stuffed animal to the city, call 801-774-1020.

 

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