The Peace Posse is helping children feel safe and comforted during a traumatic event or stressful emergencies.
Anyone close to my son, Louie Jr. knows he loved Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang. From the theme song to collectable merchandise, Louie enjoyed the entire Charlie Brown culture. So, when I saw these soft-stuffed Peanuts characters, I knew they would be the ‘The Right Stuff’ to kick off The Peace Posse program. ‘Providing Soft friends to Comfort Children in Crisis’.
300 ‘soft friends’ of The Peace Posse reported for duty in April. The Peace Posse will ride along law enforcement officers in the Town of Webb, Oneida County Sherriff’s Office and keep watch at The Child Advocacy Center to serve as comfort and companions to children involved in traumatic situations and stressful emergencies.
It’s too long of a story to explain how I became crazed with this stuffed animal saga; however; I would like to shine the light on Lyndsay Bianco who sparked this soft critter crusade.
Donating stuffed animals to law enforcement agencies is not new. There are countless Teddy Bear Brigades throughout the country; some 30 years old. Stuffed Animals For Emergencies , Hug Patrol and Project Smile are among many successful programs that have supplied tens of thousands of stuffed animals to children in traumatic situations and stressful emergencies. I have reached out to several of these organizations to see how we may best serve our area with a similar program and give a special thank you to the Tiny Hands Foundation in Sarasota Florida and the brigade team for their support.
After researching the stuffed animal kingdom and discovering our Local law enforcement agencies often go without these ‘soft friends’, The Peace Posse program was developed.
Our goal is to simply meet the needs of local law enforcement agencies and child advocates by providing a continuous supply of newly purchased ‘soft friends’ to help children feel comforted during traumatic events and extremely stressful emergencies.
For more information about The Peace Posse programemail: info@ThePeacePosse.org
April is National Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month.
The Peace Posse is working with the Director of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC), Chief Deputy, Derrick A. O’Meara in recognition of April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Every April is an opportunity for communities around the nation and come together to support families and children and Observe National Child Abuse Prevention Month. It’s a time to commit efforts and resources aimed at protecting children and strengthening families and promote community involvement through activities that support the cause.
The Oneida County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) works in conjunction with the four major law enforcement agencies in the County; the New York State Police, Oneida County Sheriff’s Department, Utica Police Department and the Rome Police Department. The CAC initiates over 1000 investigations each year.
The Peace Posse is supporting the goals of the CAC by providing ‘Soft friends’ to Comfort Children in Crisis with hope to reduce the trauma to child victims.
300 ‘soft friends’ of The Peace Posse report for duty. The Peace Posse will ride along law enforcement officers in the Oneida County Sherriff’s Office, Town of Webb patrol cars and keep watch at The Child Advocacy Center to serve as comfort and companions to children involved in traumatic situations and stressful emergencies.
The Peace Posse is a community platform Inspired by Kindness and Driven by volunteers. Our goal is to provide a steady supply of newly purchased, high quality ‘soft friends’ ready to ride on patrol or stand watch for a child in a traumatic situation or stressful emergency.
For more information email: info@ThePeacePosse.org