Campaign to Raise Comforting Toys for Traumatized Children Led by Midwest Communications


A press conference was held the morning of August 1 at Shaheen Chevrolet in South Lansing, announcing the 2017 Teddy Bear Posse Campaign by the radio stations of Midwest Communications. The statewide campaign will collect new teddy bears and stuffed animals so that area law enforcement agencies can better comfort small children involved in traumatic situations.

Representatives from the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police, Michigan Child Protective Services, Midwest Communications Radio Stations and partner sponsors were on hand in support of this community movement, designed to help children when they need it the most.

“There’s nothing more heartbreaking than a frightened child, and we are asking area residents to rally around our brave and dedicated police officers and sheriff’s deputies by donating a new teddy bear at our sponsor locations,” said Mike Klein, vice president and general manager of Midwest Communications.

Residents throughout mid-Michigan will be encouraged to donate new teddy bears and stuffed animals at the Two Men and a Truck & CBlue Collection Boxes located inside the following sponsor locations:

  • Shaheen Chevrolet
  • Team One Chevrolet Buick GMC
  • Applebee’s Restaurants
  • Burger King Restaurants
  • Metro PCS Stores
  • Not Just Guns
  • US Marines
  • WSYM Fox 47

Since 2015, Teddy Bear Posse has collected more than 10,000 stuffed animals for distribution to area agencies, whom place the toys in their vehicles in the event a child is found in a traumatizing experience. Last year’s campaign lasted 10 weeks and distributed to 70 agencies throughout the state.

Kristopher Johnson

Kristopher Johnson

Kristopher Johnson is a Communications Specialist at M3 Group who earned his bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University in 2015. While currently residing in Lansing, Kristopher will always be a native of Detroit. He enjoys volunteering, listening to others and musing over contrasting insights. He is also fond of writing, keeping up with politics and watching too many story-driven anime.

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