By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – A recent study from UV University of Amsterdam suggested that touching stuffed animals help with a variety of anxieties and angst-y predicaments.
For children, the textures and comfort afforded by a stuffed teddy bear or a warm blanket can help them mitigate traumatic episodes. To that end, Tyler County Hospital and Citizens State Bank recently teamed up to collect both stuffed animals and blankets.
The drive to collect these items runs throughout August 1, and the items will be delivered to law enforcement agencies in the area
The items will then be delivered to children who have been exposed to trauma or traumatic incidents.
TCH and Citizens is calling the effort “Blankets & Buddies,” and donations can be delivered to either the ER Admissions Office at the hospital or at any Citizens location.
Only new items are being accepted, and the following is what is being collected: stuffed animals measuring 12 inches or less and blankets that are approximately 4’x6’.
TCH and Citizens is asking for no heavy comforters or blankets, for those who wish to donate blankets.
According to the Austin-based Center for Child Protection, all children who visit the Center, whether for a forensic interview, therapy or medical services, are given a brand new stuffed animal.
“The teddy bear not only provides comfort and a sense of safety during a difficult time, it also represents a new beginning,” according to a news release on the Center’s website.
The Tyler County Hospital District hopes that the community can “help our local law enforcment officers turn those tears into smiles,” for area children who have encountered traumatic incidents.