The Department of Human Services’ Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) and Fatherhood Program are collecting teddy bears and other stuffed animals for children as part of their “Bearable Hugs for Georgia’s Children” campaign. The toys will be given to children receiving care at pediatric facilities throughout Georgia, women’s shelters, law enforcement agencies and other children’s organizations.
Individuals, churches, businesses and schools may participate! Donations are accepted through Feb. 14 and will be distributed the week of Valentine’s Day.
The Bearable Hugs for Georgia’s Children campaign is sponsored annually by DCSS and the Fatherhood Program. The campaign is a chance for Child Support to give back to the community and aid the many community partners that DCSS interacts with on a regular basis. More than 26,000 stuffed animals have been collected and distributed since the project began in 2008.
“Our mission at Child Support is to put children first,” said DCSS Director Keith Horton. “We hope the teddy bears will bring comfort and put a smile on the face of a child who may be facing illness, domestic upheaval or some other uncertainty.”