Teddy bear drive to benefit abused children

Credit: WTVA ABC Tupelo, MS
Published on December 6, 2019 -
Dec. 5, 2019

Teddy bear drive to benefit abused children

Center of north mississippi, through their children's advocacy center, will soon be hosting its teddy bear drive to collect stuffed animals for abused children.

Wtva's chelsea brown joins us live with when and where the drive will be held.

I am standing here at the children's advocacy center on south eason blvd where they will be hosting their 5th annual teddy bear drive this friday from 10am to 1pm.

I spoke with the director, lisa kwasinski about what the stuffed animals mean to the children.

Sot- lisa kwasinski director of the children's advocacy center "they will light up, they will hug them.

Sometimes they run to their caregiver and say 'look what i got'" one thing that the children's advocacy center provides counseling and therapy for children ages 3 to 17 that are victims of sexual or physical abuse or those who witnessed a violent crime.

Simple items like a teddy bear can impact a child more than some might think.

Sot- lisa kwasinski "a symbol of comfort and hope.

They come here to give a most horrific story of what has happened to them."

It is not only stuffed animals that the center is collecting, they are also taking journals.

The center typically gives the teddy bears to the younger kids and for the preteens and teenagers they like to give them the journals.

This is so the older kids can have somewhere to express their feelings and thoughts through the counseling process.

Again - the teddy bear drive is going to be here at the children's advocacy center this friday the 6th from 10 am to 1 pm.

So make sure you bring a stuffed animal and or a journal.

It is open to anyone that would like to come, you will be able to look around the facility, enjoy food, and speak to some of the employees that work and help council these children and the families.

Live in tupelo, chelsea brown, wtva 9 news still ahead on wtva nine news at ten,

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