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Operation Rescue Teddy

By Sherry Kughn
JSU News Bureau

15 March 2005 — Jacksonville State University's police department and sororities Zeta Phi Beta and Delta Sigma Theta will collect small stuffed animals as part of their Operation Teddy project. The toys will be distributed to children by Jacksonville police and fire officers during times of crisis.

“We hope the teddy bear can be used as a security blanket during the child’s time of need,” said Corporal Neil Fetner. “Our secondary goal is to develop a line of communication between the child and emergency services personnel.”

The toys can be dropped off to the University Police Department at the intersection of Forney and Cole just west of the football stadium or given to members of the sororities. Please make certain the stuffed toys are clean with no loose buttons, eyes, or other parts that might cause choking if swallowed by a child. New stuffed animals are preferred.

“We are excited about the response that we have gotten from the community,” said Corporal Fetner. “We look forward to growing the campaign throughout Calhoun County.”

The project will be ongoing throughout the year.

Please call Michelle Page at 782-5239 for more information.

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