Hug Patrol
A Program of the Shapira Foundation
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“I wanted to write you briefly to let you know that the stuffed animals you granted to us have been very helpful this week as we had the opportunity to use them much sooner than we imagined.  Recently there was a bus crash involving multiple fatalities including a teacher, students, and parents while on a band trip.

 Our unit was on scene with them, at the reunification center and meeting with students and faculty debriefing the tragedy for multiple days.  When we offered for students to hold the stuffed animals while they discussed this traumatic event, they immediately embraced them.  It made such a huge difference and will continue to as they begin their healing journey.

Thank you again for what you do.  It matters.”

 – Eric

Helping Children in Crisis Situations

Welcome to the Hug Patrol®️ Stuffed Animal Donation Program

Whether you’re an emergency responder looking for a way to put children at ease or a member of the community looking for a great cause to donate to, you’ve found the right place to help provide comfort and support to children in crisis.


Donating Stuffed Animals for Kids In Crisis

We donate unused, new stuffed animals to police officers, fire fighters, and medical personnel for them to use to comfort children facing traumatic and scary situations. We’d love to have you involved as we work together to make children’s experiences less stressful and give emergency responders a great way to reach out and connect.


Working With First Responders

Police, fire fighters and paramedics respond to stressful situations every day that involve children and being able to reach out with a teddy bear or stuffed animal can help children through difficult times. We have a supply of assorted newly purchased stuffed animals in protective bags ready to be included in emergency response vehicles just for these kinds of situations.


Meet The Team

Philbin the Bear - Beige
Philbin the Bear - Chocolate
Karina the Labradoodle
Randle the Dog
Kian the Spaniel
Mutsy the Dog