Providing Security to Children of Trauma
|Buddy Bear & Blanket Program
There are times when police officers, detectives, and Records Division personnel come in contact with children who have been involved in traumatic incidents. Often times by providing these children with something they can hold, cuddle, or wrap themselves in staff can promote a feeling of safety and promote dialogue. The Beaverton Police Department has a collection of new bears and blankets that are given to children in need of such reassurance.
How to Donate
If you wish to donate bears or blankets, please note the needs of the Police Department and the children receiving them.
Guidelines for blankets:
- Blankets must be new, whether homemade or purchased.
- The size should be no larger than 38 inches-by-43 inches. That way it’s small enough for the child to carry around, yet large enough to wrap around themselves and snuggle in for comfort or a feeling of safety.
The stuffed animals need to be:
- Bears (after all, it's called the Buddy Bear and Blanket Program).
- Soft so kids can cuddle them.
- New with tags still on them.
- No more than 16 inches tall so kids can get their arms around the bears and officers may fit them in their vehicles.
The Buddy Bear and Blanket Program is a wonderful way to reach out to children within the community. The program thrives on the generosity of businesses and citizens. If you would like additional information about the program, or details on how you can make a donation, please call the Beaverton Police Department's Public Information Officer at (503) 526-2275.