LOGAN — Troopers from throughout the state are asking for help, as they collect stuffed animals to give to patients at Primary Children’s Hospital.
The Utah Highway Patrol Association organizes the yearly tradition and reports that this year they have a shortage. Several drop off locations in the Salt Lake and Orem areas have been set up.
Cindy Wood lives in Hyrum and is the wife of a trooper. When she saw that there was a shortage this year, she wanted to help. Since no drop off sites were able to be set up locally, she is collecting stuffed animals on her own.
“I know how the Cache Valley people really can step it up when they know they’re trying to support a good cause,” said Wood. “I’m really excited to be able to offer the people up here the chance to be able to put a smile on a child’s face.”
The stuffed animals need to be new and collected by December 18. Anyone who wishes to donate can call Wood at 435-512-8778, to arrange pickup. She we will then deliver them to the UHP Association.
Just before Christmas, troopers will personally visit Primary Children’s Hospital, giving a stuffed animal to each child. Wood said, it brings a lot of cheer to the children, even though they may be spending the holiday season in the hospital.
“The kids get really excited when they see someone in a uniform. It is really impressive to them, the shiny badge, the guns, and all the cool stuff that they don’t see every day.”
She hopes to help make sure troopers have enough stuffed animals for their visit.
Wood said the annual hospital tradition hits close to home for many in law enforcement.
“There is a lot of the families in the Highway Patrol family who have had kids in Primary Children’s, so it’s a cause that is really near and dear to a lot of our hearts.”
Wood has arranged several locations where donations can be collected. She is asking anyone who can donate to call 435-512-8778.
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