Kids pack 'Buddy Bags' for police department
KAUKAUNA (WLUK) -- Children in the Fox Valley are making a difference for other kids in their community.
The kids helped fill bags for the "Buddy Bags" program as part of the Heart of the Valley YMCA Summer School program.
The "Buddy Bags" are filled with a reading book, coloring book and crayons and a small stuffed animal.
They're kept in police cars to help soothe young children who are involved in or witness a stressful event.
120 "Buddy Bags" have been given out in the Kimberly, Combined Locks and Little Chute communities.
This year the program partnered up with the Kaukauna Police Department.
"I think it's going to be a great program for us to participate in the "Buddy Bag." It's a phenomenal event when we can show up at a possible crisis situation and be able to make that connection with kids, give them a "Buddy Bag," break that ice hopefully make them feel a little bit better," said Lt. Brad Sanderfoot.
The program began as a collaboration with the Fox Valley Metro Police Department, Flex Academy and the Heart of the Valley YMCA.