Local church donates hand-made bears to aid Scottsdale PD

A Scottsdale police officer receiving hand-made stuffed animals from the Church of Nativity. (submitted photo)

A Scottsdale police officer receiving hand-made stuffed animals from the Episcopal Church of Nativity. (submitted photo)

More than 200 hand-crafted teddy bears made by the women of Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Scottsdale are being provided as part of a pilot program with the Scottsdale Police Department to be given to children present during domestic disturbance calls.

It is hoped that the colorful, plush bears can be an aid to calm children’s fear and anxiety during a tense situation, according to a press release.

Twenty-two women of Episcopal Church of the Nativity crafted for 350 hours to put a bit of love and personality in each one of the 234 teddy bears. Scottsdale Police District 4 Foothills will place four teddy bears in each of its 60 patrol cars.

Patrol officers plan to provide these ‘care’ bears to small children who may be present on a domestic disturbance call, fire or any situation in which the officer determines that the teddy bear would be a comfort to the child. Nativity and the Scottsdale Police Department partner to share solutions for a safer community, the release stated.

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