The little girl created a make-believe courtroom with teddy bears acting as judge, a jury and the accused: her father. The abused child had a difficult time communicating what had happened to her and how terrified it made her feel, but she was able to tell her therapist her story by role playing with the soft stuffed animals.
This child—and thousands of others just like her—have benefited from your donations to Bank of American Fork’s Project Teddy Bear. Each holiday season, we collect new and clean, gently used stuffed animals to give to children at family support centers across Utah. Many of the children are victims of abuse, neglect, poverty or addiction. Some have been taken from their homes into state custody in the middle of the night; others have been moved from one foster home to another, while yet others have experienced the violent loss of a loved one.
All the children have one thing in common: the comfort and safety they feel when they are hugging their very own teddy bear during a traumatic time.
Help us help Utah’s children by donating to Bank of American Fork’s 12th annual Project Teddy Bear. New and clean, gently used stuffed animals will be accepted at any Bank of American Fork location through Dec. 14.