BY JOSH PRESLEY
Brownies from Troop No. 23169 are hosting a stuffed animal drive from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday at the Kroger parking lot in West Point as part of its Stuffed With Love campaign.
Troop Leader Jennifer Harper said the troop, which consists of second-and third-grade girls, has a goal to collect 500 stuffed animals. The troop will then donate these toys to the West Point Police Department and West Point Fire Department.
Any toys collected beyond the goal will be donated to the Ambulance Service. Harper said the troop will officially present the toys to WPPD and WPFD in early May.
“This is for WPPD and WPFD to hopefully give to kids when they go out on calls where children are involved or they have to deal with children,” Harper said.
Harper said that having stuffed toys for the children creates a better relationship between first responders and the children.
“If the police or firefighters are coming to your house then obviously something bad has happened,” Harper said. “If there are small kids involved, they need something physical to hold on to in order to make them feel better.”
Harper said the troop will also accept monetary donations, but any money collected will go toward purchasing more toys.
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