Thanks to the efforts of Jill Fearons in Mattapoisett, kids are being gifted with teddy bears just when they need it the most.

When emergencies happen, kids are sometimes involved. It can be pretty scary for a child who is found at a domestic violence scene when the police show up. There may be yelling (and worse) between people that they love. These little kids are experiencing some of the most upsetting moments of their lives.

Now, thanks to Jill Fearons, local SouthCoast police departments will have a supply of teddy bears to give these little kids when the need arises.

The effort began at St. Luke's Hospital, where young patients and their siblings in the pediatric emergency room were given stuffed animals to take their minds off of the anxiety of being in the hospital. Fearons started the effort after her son, Jack, needed to visit the emergency room frequently several years ago. He was given a teddy bear that he still has to this day.

Now, the effort has expanded to police departments in Mattapoisett, Marion, New Bedford, and Dartmouth. Inside police cruisers are some of Jill's stuffed animals. All three SouthCoast hospitals and Boston Children's Hospital in North Dartmouth are stocked. Even ambulances from all over the SouthCoast are covered with the Fearons' heartfelt program.

"It's a good time to include everyone because every child matters," said Fearons.

If you would like to donate or learn more about The Friends of Jack Teddy Bear Drive, you may contact her at (508) 736-5212.

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