By Josiah Darr, Waynoka FFA reporter
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
When a child experiences an automobile accident, house fire or medical emergency, a cuddly companion can help them cope.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol gives out hundreds of stuffed animals annually to children in times of trouble or trauma.
For a community service project, Waynoka FFA members decided to collect new or gently used stuffed animals for OHP’s Teddy Bear Program. Members placed a big box in the school hallway so students, faculty and administrators could place their donations. During the month of December, FFA members collected approximately 100 stuffed animals of all shapes and sizes.
Members of the officer team — Hannah Darr, Jillian Whipple, Josiah Darr and Colton Budy — delivered them to trooper John Wimer at Troop J headquarters in Enid.
“I really appreciate the large donation of stuffed animals, and they will bring comfort to many children,” Wimer said.