RUNNELS COUNTY - Each year hundreds of kids are involved in accidents, house fires or have Child Protective Services involved in their life and a teddy bear is always a welcome sight to a child. A teddy bear helps provide comfort but also a sense of safety during a difficult time and it also represents a new beginning.

RUNNELS COUNTY - Each year hundreds of kids are involved in accidents, house fires or have Child Protective Services involved in their life and a teddy bear is always a welcome sight to a child. A teddy bear helps provide comfort but also a sense of safety during a difficult time and it also represents a new beginning.

Willingham Insurance is collecting teddy bears to comfort children in their time of need and they need the community’s help. All teddy bears will be donated to Runnels County CPS as well as law enforcement and fire departments in Runnels County. Teddy bears will be collected year round.

CPS will use the bears to show children something new, something different and something to remind them that their friends at the Center will always be there for them. Law enforcement meets children daily who are coping with difficulties like a car accident or the arrest of a loved one. A gift of a teddy bear can provide the child with a level of comfort after a traumatic event.

The donated teddy bears need to be new and between seven and 12 inches in height.

Donations may be made at Willingham Insurance Agency, 112 S. 7th St. in Ballinger. For more information or for questions, call 325-365-2516.