KISSIMMEE, Fla., November 3, 2015 – To provide psychological comfort to children at crime scenes, accidents and fires, the Kissimmee Utility Authority today donated 51 bears to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.
To celebrate the bear theme of its October “Paddington” Movie in the Park event, KUA asked children to bring their favorite stuffed animal to the event for a group photograph. For each child who participated, the utility agreed to donate a new teddy bear in the name of the child to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies keep comfort objects like teddy bears and stuffed animals in their patrol cars to use in situations where children are victims of traumatic shock, including cases of child abuse and domestic violence. In many cases, the stuffed animal comforts the child who may be scared or frightened due to the nature of the incident.
Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 67,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Contact: Chris Gent