April 29, 2014 –
Jayne Wooten (center front) donated almost a 100 care bears through a care bear drive sponsored by the Tribal Victim Services Department. Wooten is a dispatcher for the Tribal Police Department. With her in the photo are members of the Tribal Victim Services Program and Tribal Police Department.
MAYETTA: The Tribal Victim Services Department distributed care bears to the Tribal Police Department, Fire Department and Social Services and Child Welfare programs yesterday. The stuffed bear drive was designed to help children who have been impacted or will experience some form of trauma in their lives. The hope is that the bears will be used to comfort the children and to help through whatever ordeal they have faced or will face.
Individuals from the community helped donate the bears including Shawna Allison,Nina Hinds, Carol Dewitt and Jayne Wooten.
Tribal Victim Services Specialist Shirley Rice, who coordinated the drive, said, “I know firsthand what a comfort an animal or doll can make on a child suffering a trauma. When my grand-daughter was accidently burned the paramedics that responded gave her a doll which she held on too tightly while they attended to her injuries. To this day she continues to care the doll and says the doll gave her comfort when she was scared.”