Monday, December 5, 2011

Sheriff/NAIFA Continue “Teddy Bear” Partnership

Upper Marlboro, Maryland…Sheriff Melvin C. High accepted over 100 Teddy Bears from the Prince George’s County chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) at a breakfast meeting last week at the Woodmore Country Club in Mitchellville, MD.  The Teddy Bears will be used by Sheriff’s deputies to comfort small children they come in contact with, primarily, in responding to domestic violence calls.

“Children are often frightened and confused in these situations because they don’t know what’s going on,” said Chief Assistant Sheriff Darrin Palmer, who has partnered with NAIFA over the last ten years. “Something as small as a teddy bear, a smile and a comforting word from our deputies can mean the world to a frightened child.”

The Prince George’s NAIFA chapter started the Teddy Bear drive over thirteen years ago as a community partnership with law enforcement.
Jeannette Jordan, president of the Prince George’s County NAIFA chapter said, “NAIFA is committed to being a partner in the community and our members really enjoy the Teddy Bear drive because we know that children are deeply affected by domestic violence. We also know that Teddy Bears can be magic for children and something to hold on to.”

Sheriff High thanked the NAIFA members for their support for victims of domestic violence. “In a world where the business of life and work command so much of our attention, I so appreciate NAIFA and its’ members continuing to support families and children affected by domestic violence. I look forward to our continuing to work together.”

For more information, contact the Prince George’s County Sheriff Press Information Office at 301-780-2773. 

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