Kentucky State Police are offering the public the opportunity to add a trooper teddy bear to Easter baskets across the commonwealth.
The sale of the bears, which will benefit the Trooper Teddy Project, will run through Sunday.
The Trooper Teddy Project provides teddy bears to children in traumatic situations such as a car crash, exposure to drugs, or domestic abuse cases which may result in the arrest of a parent.
KSP spokesperson Sergeant Billy Gregory said the purpose of the Trooper Teddy Project is to allow troopers to develop trust between officers and children that may be caught up in such a situation.
“Often times, we are meeting these children on their worst day,” Gregory said. “Whether they are scared or nervous from the circumstance they are dealing with, the bear seems to immediately resonate with them.”
The bear sales are typically held in time for black Friday and Valentine’s Day.
“This year, our bear shipment was delayed for our February sale so we are hosting our first ever East sale,” Gregory said.
The bears are $14.99 plus shipping.
To avoid shipping costs, citizens may pick up their bears at KSP Headquarters in Frankfort or at any KSP Post.
Those interested in purchasing a bear may do so online at https://trooperteddy.square.site/