Pay It Foward: WFPD gives stuffed animals to kids in need


A program run by Wichita Falls police provides comfort to kids who experience trauma in the form of a stuffed animal.

The Wichita Falls teddy bears program began in 2014 through a grant from the Junior League of Wichita Falls. Since then, officers have given out thousands of bears to kids who either witness crimes or are involved in a car wreck.

That’s why Brian Sissel wanted to pay it forward to WFPD — to make sure the youngest victims don’t get left behind.

“It’s a tough situation and it’s just something extra they can do while they’re there and they’re the first ones on the scene,” Sissel said.

“My hope is the kids see us as, you know, we’re the good guys,” said Ofc. Tim Johnson with WFPD. “We’re there to help and maybe it can take away some of that fear that they have from that event they were just involved in.”

WFPD has raised $7000 for their stuffed animal program since its inception three years ago.

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