Juvenile Court running low on stuffed toys to comfort children
ASAP of Anderson is seeking stuffed animal donations for children involved in the Anderson County Juvenile Court system.
“Stuffed animals are offered as a comfort item in a juvenile court setting for children who have been separated from their parents or guardians,” a press release said. “The animals provide a sense of warmth and reassurance in a potentially stressful setting.”
Juvenile Court Judge Brian J. Hunt said: “Coming to court can be frightening for children. Receiving a stuffed animal can alleviate anxiety and stress and lets children know they are in a safe place.”
ASAP of Anderson has partnered with Juvenile Court after learning their stuffed animal supply has been running low, as no child should have to go without a feeling of support during a hard time, the press release said.
“Children’s faces light up when they go to the toy box to pick out a stuffed animal, and we see the positive impact this brings every day in our court,” Hunt said. “We appreciate the public’s generosity in this endeavor.”
ASAP is accepting lightly loved or new stuffed animals at the ASAP of Anderson building located at 131 South Charles G. Seivers Boulevard in Clinton. Donations will be accepted now through the end of February.
To partner with ASAP of Anderson, learn more about their mission, or make a donation, go to www.ASAPofAnderson.org or call (865) 457-3007. You can also follow ASAPofAnderson on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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