Often times, children were present in a home the deputies were responding to where domestic violence or other such traumatic incident had occurred. These situations are very scary for a child. The teddy bears gave the children something warm and cuddly to hang on to and thus calm their fears a bit.
Through the years the program has expanded based on the needs for them.
The Detective Division has utilized teddy bears when interviewing young victims of sexual/physical assault and domestic violence cases.
The Coroner’s Office has them on hand for those situations where they are making a death notification where a child may be present.
Bears are also provided to the Bailiffs for Adoption Court. They are presented to the adoptee at the time their adoptions is finalized by the judge as a way to commemorate their special day.
During the holiday season, bears are also provided to the many agencies the Sheriff’s Office works with. These agencies frequently deal with children who are victims of violence. The bears are given out at their special holiday events to children who may not otherwise receive a gift for the holidays.
Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:
(Office hours noted below. Please call first to insure someone will be available to accept your donation)
|Coastal Station – Monterey|
|1200 Aguajito Road, Suite 103, Monterey, CA 93940
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
|Central Station – Salinas|
|1414 Natividad Road, Salinas, CA 93908
8:00 am to 5:00 p.m.
|South County Station – King City|
|250 Franciscan Way King City, CA 93930
8:00 a. m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ca$h donations are also accepted.
Funds received will be used to purchase new teddy bears.
|Please make checks payable to:
Sheriff’s Advisory Council
“Teddy Bears” in the memo portion of the check
|Mail to the Station nearest you:|
Sheriff’s Office – Coastal Station
1200 Aguajito Road, Suite 103
Monterey, CA 93940
Sheriff’s Office – South County Station
250 Franciscan Way
King City, CA 93930
|Jo Anna Butron
Sheriff’s Office-Central Station
1414 Natividad Road
Salinas, CA 93906