Arizona Highway Patrol Association is urging people to drop off a new stuffed animal at any participating Papa Murphy’s Pizza.
“Car accidents, domestic abuse situations and violent crime impacts everyone. When there’s children involved, the ramifications are especially difficult,” says Sgt. Jimmy Chavez, president of AHPA. “Our supply of ‘Comfort Bears’ has dwindled to a level never seen by the AHPA, and the need is greater than ever.”
Officers are collecting new stuffed animals, nicknamed Comfort Bears, to give to children impacted by trauma. The toys are usually kept in the trunks of law enforcement vehicles for immediate use in a traumatic situation.
Papa Murphy’s Pizza locations are offering $5 off any family sized pizza for every new stuffed toy dropped off through April 30.
“In years past, we received about 2,000 Comfort Bears during a drive, but we are hoping to receive more due to the increase of need,” says Chavez.