Local non-profit donates thousands of ‘trauma support’ stuffed animals to police, fire departments

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WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE)- Over 7,000 stuffed animals were collected for a donation drive for local police and fire departments on Sunday.

The stuffed animals were donated to first responders to provide as trauma support for children.

With help from Petsmart and the Little Rhody Rescue, the Memere’s Mission non-profit organization was able to collect dozens of boxes and bags filled with toys for children in need of comfort after traumatic events.

Memere’s Mission was started by Michelle Laliberte, in honor of her mother. Laliberte told ABC6 her mother was called Memere Claire by the community and loved to make people smile.

Now, Laliberte plans to continue her legacy.

Laliberte said she teamed up with North Providence’s Colonel Arthur Martins and RE Coogan Heating to plan the event.

About 25-30 police departments came to the event and collected stuffed animals for each department to gift to a child in need of comfort.

Laliberte said 3,000 stuffed animals were donated on Sunday, and the organization still has more to give.

If interested in donating or collecting trauma support stuffed animals, reach out to Memere’s Mission. 

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