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Salvation Army Collects Teddy Bears for Children Faced with Trauma

SPRINGFIELD — The Salvation Army of Greater Springfield, which has been delivering services and hope to the less fortunate in Massachusetts for more than 125 years, is encouraging members of the community to participate in the “Feel Better Bears” campaign.

This year, the Salvation Army is teaming up with 94.7 WMAS to collect teddy bears (or any stuffed animals) to distribute to children who have been victims of traumatic situations. The Springfield Police Department takes these bears in their cars and distributes them throughout the community to children in need of a bear. Many times children are scared and confused during traumatic events, and the bears are offered as a safe and comforting gift.

Teddy bears are being collected at 94.7 WMAS, located at 1000 Hall of Fame Ave., at the Basketball Hall of Fame. More than 500 bears have been collected for children in need with the help of Six Flags New England and Immunization of New England.

“Many children in our community are impacted by traumatic events. The Feel Better Bears offer comfort during some of their toughest times,” said Amanda Moyer, Springfield Salvation Army board member and director of account services for Market Mentors. “Many times children who are victims of trauma — stemming from domestic violence or drugs to house fires or storm damage — are scared and confused. Offering a teddy bear establishes trust and stability. It is very important that children learn that police officers are safe and helpful members of the community.”

For more information, visit springfield.salvationarmyma.org.