“Every day our officers encounter children who have been victimized or have seen bad things or had some scary experience… When they’re feeling that way and a police officer shows up with a furry friend, that’s a moment that lives on. The kids don’t forget that.” Melanie Talia, president of the New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Teddy Bear drive. Together with the New Orleans Police Department and Arnaud's restaurant we were able to collect nearly 1,400 teddy bears this year. They will be used to calm down distressed children who are picked up by policemen in New Orleans. Since this program started 3 years ago a total of 5,000 teddy bears have been collected and we are proud that we could help by providing our office as a drop-off location this year.
Thank you so much Claire Hohensee for organizing this event and attending the press conference on behalf of Verdad and Vertical!