More than 1,000 teddy bears donated to MCSO Child Protection Services

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BRADENTON – The Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller is trying to fight the effects of child abuse with the comfort of teddy bears.

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, so Monday the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office collected more than 1,000 teddy bears to benefit its child protection services.

The drive was held by the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, but not without help from a company you’ve probably heard of.

“I expected maybe to get about 80 to 100 bears, tops,” Angelina M. Colonneso, Manatee County Clerk of the Court, said. “The idea really took off. One of our employees mentioned it to a friend who works for Amazon, Amazon got involved, and now we have pretty close to 1,500 bears.”

Colonneso says the bears will go to the MCSO Child Protection Services unit, so when they do investigations they can have the teddy bears in their cars.

She says law enforcement currently does this, but she hopes with a bigger supply, they can help even more children through difficult times.

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