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New stuffed animals collected by city, police


The City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police are joining together in an effort to collect stuffed animals for children affected by emergencies.

“We are launching this effort today so that Pittsburgh Police and other emergency responders have a way to comfort children affected by emergency situations,” said Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman. “No one wants to imagine a scenario where a young child is affected by a fire, a medical emergency, or worse, but our hope is that this is one more way our city’s first responders can help care for kids affected by crisis and trauma.”

ollection bins will be available for donation drop-offs at all six Police Zone buildings, the lobby of Pittsburgh City Council offices on the City-County Building’s 5th Floor, and the Jewish Community Center’s Squirrel Hill and South Hills locations. The stuffed animals should be new, no larger than 12 inches in height, and placed in a plastic bag when donated.

“Our Officers often encounter people when they’re having one of the worst days of their lives. When children are involved, it can be extremely difficult for them to understand what’s happening. We hope these stuffed animals provide comfort to them in tragic situations,” said Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Chief Cameron McLay.

“This is a great opportunity for the Police Bureau to partner with the community to make a difference. These stuffed animals will help the children in our community know that the community cares, and that Pittsburgh Police are here to help them.”

The collection drive will run until April 30.


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