Laramie, WYo. - The University of Wyoming’s University Store recently donated 100 teddy bears to the Wyoming Highway Patrol Association.
The bears will be distributed to patrol cars to provide comfort to children who have experienced life-threatening or tragic events.
The University Store created the customer-backed Share a Bear program in November, says Director Misty Eaton.
“The program allows customers to purchase a plush teddy bear at checkout and donate it back to the store,” she says. “The University Store then collects all the bears and donates them to the Wyoming Highway Patrol Association.”
Lt. Michael Simmons, Wyoming Highway Patrol supervisor, says, “These bears provide a lot of comfort to those children in one of the most difficult times in their lives.”
Eaton adds the program has been well received by customers and the community.
“Right away, from the first day they were put on the floor, people were purchasing bears to donate,” Eaton says. “This is a great opportunity to help give back to our community and help the Wyoming Highway Patrol comfort those when they need it most.”
Located in the Wyoming Union, the University Store is owned and operated by UW. Eaton says the store plans to offer the program next holiday season.