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By Teresa Bigham
What’s more comforting to a small child in a stressful situation than a nice comfy stuffed animal?
“After the Christmas holiday the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department received a wonderful gift which will allow our deputies to hand out stuffed animals in cases where children are put into situations beyond their control,” states Sheriff Raissez. “Situations such as an EMS calls, a domestic abuse situation or anything in between.”
Letesha Gaither, The Floyd County Veteran’s Service Officer, had been working on operation Christmas for both Floydada and Lockney’s Elementary Schools to have Santa visit each school and give every child a gift.
Shortly after that was completed, she received a call on December 31 from an organization that had been collecting for Toys for Tots but felt they wanted the stuffed animals to stay local.
Gaither mentioned giving them to the sheriff’s department and they were more than excited to get on board. Sheriff Raissez said, “We plan to place the stuff animals in individual plastic bags, so that the Floyd County deputies can keep them in their cars to hand out to the children in any unfortunate situations.”
More stuffed animals are needed. If you’d like to donate, you may drop them off at the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office located in the Courthouse Annex. A monetary donation can also be made. Please specify that the donation goes to the Sheriff’s “Comforting a Child in Need” program.
Sheriff Raissez said, “We are hoping this program really takes off and we will be able to donate toys and coats to children less fortunate during Christmas.” “What better thing to give a child that may find themselves in a situation like this than a soft cuddly new stuffed animal.”
In speaking with Gaither, we talked about how great the donation of these stuffed animals are and what a wonderful impact they may leave on these children and how when a community works together great things happen. Gaither said, “If we could, as a community, help the younger generations build up their internal drive more than their external drive we would have a better community for years to come.”