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Police gather teddy bears to comfort youngsters

CARLSBAD — A 5-year-old girl darts out from the sidewalk and collides with a vehicle. Although not critically injured, the child is near hysteria. Public safety personnel have difficulty calming the child until a special emergency responder arrives … a teddy bear. This Carlsbad incident is one of hundreds every year in San Diego County in which teddy bears can provide assistance to children in difficult situations. Employees and volunteers from Carlsbad Police Department and other city departments will be contributing stuffed animals for children at Children’s Hospital, Casa de Amparo and the Women’s Resource Center as part of the 19th annual Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive. The toys are used to provide comfort to children all year long. The Police Communications Center is serving as the temporary home for the stuffed animals. Anyone interested in contributing to the drive can bring a new stuffed animal to the Safety Center, 2560 Orion Way, during regular business hours. Last day for contribution is Dec. 14. A caravan of police cars will deliver the toys to Children’s Hospital on Dec. 15.