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Posted on: January 10, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Key West Woman's Club Donates Delightful Teddy Bears

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The Key West Woman's Club made a very special donation to the Key West Police Department and Key West Fire and Rescue Department.  Sandy Higgs and Jean Shannon, on behalf of the Woman's Club, delivered adorably dressed teddy bears.

These bears were dressed in individual outfits by the Woman's Club members.

First responders carry the stuffed animals in their vehicles for any traumatized children they may encounter in the line of service.

"We sincerely appreciate this generous donation," said Chief Sean Brandenburg. "When a child is scared and upset, these can be of great comfort."

"It's true," said Fire Chief Alan Averette. "It's amazing how you can calm a child down with all the lights going and sirens just by handing them a cuddly bear."

Womens Club Donates to KWPD

In this photo from L to R: 

Detective Darnell Sealey, Lt. Jason Castillo, Sandy Higgs, Chief Sean Brandenburg, 

Capt. Randy Smith, Detective Tiffany Peters, Jean Shannon, and Sgt. Joe Stockton.

Fire Personnel with donated BearsIn this photo from L to R:

Standing: Bobby Ruble, Fire Chief Alan Averette, Thomas Bouchard, Jean Shannon, Todd Means, 

Brandon Ward, and Sandy Higgs. Kneeling: Lt. Kyle Malone and Brandon Kocis.

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