TULSA, Okla., (KTUL) — Tulsa Police is asking for your help to donate teddy bears to children wrapped up in domestic violence.
No child should have to be involved in domestic violence.
But if it happens, having some added comfort can go a long way.
“To be able to have a teddy bear to put in their hands, something soft something comforting, really relieves the anxiety and calms them down,” said Officer Adam Ashley.
Ashley says the department will receive these bears thanks to local AT&T employees.
“I can put a teddy bear in a little kid’s hands and it just immediately changes, you see their face change, you see their whole demeanor change,” said Ashley.
Ashley has responded to a number of domestic calls throughout his career.
He says those moments when officers show up can be crucial for the children.
You can help by dropping off bears at any Tulsa area AT&T store all month long.
And by bringing in a teddy bear, you can not only help out a kid, but you can also receive 25 percent off an accessory in the store.
AT&T employees announced the initiative with TPD at the Tulsa Hills location this morning.
Just as domestic violence awareness month kicks off.
“Oklahoma ranks 15th in the nation for domestic violence,” said AT&T area retail sales manager, Jessica Plunkett.
She says getting involved in this kind of campaign is a no-brainer.
“It’s us being able to make a difference in a child’s life, and to partner with our local law enforcement to make their roles in that situation a little bit easier as well,” said Plunkett.
And the numbers from domestic violence intervention services are staggering.
400 Tulsa area children served last year alone.
Which means the more bears the better.
“Let’s help them out,” said Ashley.
The bear drive will last until October 26.
AT&T will then drop off the bears at the TPD.
Tulsa Police is asking for your help to donate teddy bears to children wrapped up in domestic violence. (KTUL)