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

News
PIF WFPD Bears

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.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss

Trending Stories

Recent Videos

Iowa Park food pantry remodel

Thumbnail for the video titled "Iowa Park food pantry remodel"

WF man receives ninth evading arrest charge

Thumbnail for the video titled "WF man receives ninth evading arrest charge"

Caribfest parade brings culture, costumes to MSU's campus

Thumbnail for the video titled "Caribfest parade brings culture, costumes to MSU's campus"

TxDOT officials help secure car seats with Safety Saturday

Thumbnail for the video titled "TxDOT officials help secure car seats with Safety Saturday"

Man with 8 burglary charges jailed after another alleged burglary

Thumbnail for the video titled "Man with 8 burglary charges jailed after another alleged burglary"

One person charged with felony terroristic threat in Burkburnett bomb hoax

Thumbnail for the video titled "One person charged with felony terroristic threat in Burkburnett bomb hoax"

Champions hallway in Holliday grows with UIL 2019 overall state champion title

Thumbnail for the video titled "Champions hallway in Holliday grows with UIL 2019 overall state champion title"

88th annual Pioneer Reunion underway

Thumbnail for the video titled "88th annual Pioneer Reunion underway"

22nd annual Caribfest brings Texomans together, island culture to community

Thumbnail for the video titled "22nd annual Caribfest brings Texomans together, island culture to community"

Jailers needed for Wichita Co. Jail

Thumbnail for the video titled "Jailers needed for Wichita Co. Jail"

Marine veteran receives high honor

Thumbnail for the video titled "Marine veteran receives high honor"

Witnesses help stop alleged robber

Thumbnail for the video titled "Witnesses help stop alleged robber"
Get FREE Text Alerts
Report It

Latest News

More Local News