Country 93.1 is getting together with the Rotary Club of Timmins-Porcupine and emergency services in the city for a teddy bear program.
We’re collecting gently loved and new plush animals to supply to ambulances and police cruisers – and other agencies in the future. Rotary president Marc Durocher says paramedics and police officers give them to kids.
“For example, when a child’s had a traumatic situation,” he says, “EMS shows up to a car accident and there’s a child, that teddy bear will give more comfort to that kid than just about anything.”
Country 93.1 sales supervisor Samantha Genier is a Rotarian, and chairs the teddy bear committee. She says the program will eventually expand.
“Not only children,” she states. “Eventually we’ll be looking at giving them to different seniors’ homes. We know seniors love to have teddy bears and stuff as well for comfort.”
The first collection event is at the Mountjoy Arena during the Timmins Fall Fair.