Teddy bear drive to benefit abused children

A Teddy bear drive aims to help children across north Mississippi.

Posted: Dec 4, 2019 10:48 PM
Updated: Dec 5, 2019 9:31 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA)- The Family Resource Center of North Mississippi, through its Children’s Advocacy Center, is having a Teddy bear drive on Dec. 6 to collect stuffed animals for abused children.

The Children's Advocacy Center provides counseling and therapy for children ages 3 to 17 who are victims of sexual or physical abuse or those who witnessed a violent crime.

The director of the Children's Advocacy Center, Lisa Kwasinski, said the Teddy bear is a symbol of comfort and hope. 

The children light up and hug their toys when they receive them, she said. 

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.

The Teddy bear drive is going to be at the Children's Advocacy Center on Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Center's address is 2901 S Eason Blvd in Tupelo. 

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