Dickson Home and Community Education members delivered several hundred stuffed animals to area law enforcement agencies Oct. 26.

The stuffed animals will be placed in sealed bags and kept in law enforcement vehicles to be given to traumatized children. Coordinator Sandy Alexander said the stuffed animals were a highly requested item by law enforcement.

The organization collected the animals during a recent drive at the Shops at Ardmore. Inspiration for the drive came from members who have family members in law enforcement, Alexander said, as well as those already knowledgeable to the utility of stuffed animals in these situations.

“It helps calm children down to be with an animal,” Alexander said. “Police need something on them like this when getting children out of domestic violence.”

Agencies given the stuffed animals include Marietta Police and Love County Sheriff’s Office, Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Ardmore Police.

Larger stuffed animals were also donated to Community Children’s Shelter and Family Service Center.

Alexander said Dickson Home and Community Education intends to distribute blankets to area law enforcement when they receive funds from a grant awarded by Oklahoma Home and Community Education.