WEST HARRIS COUNTY (Covering Katy News) – When law enforcement arrives on a crime scene where an adult has been harmed or killed it’s not unusual for the victim’s extremely fightened child to be there too. It’s a reality that can become lost in media crime stories. Law enforcement officers routinely carry stuffed toys to provide for a child in distress. The stuffed toys are typically donated by members of the public.
Harris County Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap’s office recently supported a stuffed toy drive at the Burning Flower Lacrosse Tournament in Hockley. Heap’s office patrols a large section of the Katy area.
“Constable Ted Heap‘s Victims Assistance Unit collected hundreds and hundreds of stuffed animals for children who are exposed to violent crimes,” said a statement from Heap’s office.
According to the Buring Flower Foundation, the stuffed toy drive was started by Julia Briggs, a 13-year-old member of the Iron Maidens Lacrosse team. Julia died from a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Prior to her death, she was working on a special project which lives on today.
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“Her idea was to gather stuffed animals for the Houston Police Department homicide detectives to give to children to hold for comfort in times of crisis,” according to the Burning Flower Foundation website. “Last year the Burning Flower organization collected more than 4,000 stuffed animals in cooperation with Cy-Fair Iron Maidens Lacrosse and Girl Scouts of Americas. The stuffed animals have been donated to local law enforcement agencies to be provided to children whose lives have been touched by tragedy.”
Anyone who would like to donate can bring a new stuffed animal to the Precinct 5 command station, 17423 Katy Freeway, during regular business hours.
See video below from the Heaps office.