Veterans donate toys to Temple Fire Department for children

POSTED: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 4:20pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am

TEMPLE -- Police and firemen often deal with children in traumatic situations, and some people at the Temple Veterans Affairs thought of a way they could help.

It's called the HUGS program. Every year, veterans donate stuffed animals to police and fire fighters so they can give them to children in accidents.

"So many times when accidents and things happen, the kids are frightened and all. To give them something like a stuffed animal or a teddy bear or something like that to hold on to really calms them down and makes them feel like their not alone with what's going on," said Fire Chief Lonzo Wallace.

Today the HUGS program donated nearly 100 stuffed animals.

They do accept any donations year round, but now is a critical time because of all the fires in the area.


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