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Local business donates bears to SPD to help young victims get through tough times

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SPOKANE, Wash.-  It came in the form of about a dozen cuddly, well dressed and neatly accessorized teddy bears, a very generous donation made to the Spokane Police Department.

Drs. Brett Hagen and Jezzarae Hedlund, both optometrists with Vision Source wanted to incorporate an element of giving back into the company's Christmas party this year. In the past Dr. Hagen says they have done mission projects with Union Gospel Mission but were looking for a way to expand their service to the community this holiday season.

"I had remembered in years past police officers talking about keeping teddy bears in their cars," says Hagen.

An employee who works at Vision Source told Hagen about a project they had done at Build a Bear, and with that their charitable idea was born.

"We all went to Build a Bear and spent an hour there building bears before our Christmas dinner party," says Hagen, "then in turn donated those to the police department."

The Spokane Police Department uses those bears for officers in the Major Crimes Division and Special Victims Unit to hand out to children who have been through some really terrible times.

Monique Cotton, SPD spokesperson, says that the bear donations are always being accepted and really do help. "It really does make an impact. It's that small piece of comfort that can be given to a child that is faced with a traumatic situation in their life."


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