MORRIS COUNTY — Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, the New Jersey State PBA and the Morris County Police Chiefs Association came together to celebrate the collection of hundreds of stuffed bears for juveniles that law enforcement personnel encounter in the line of duty.
The “Feel Better Bears” program helps children feel better during emergencies, giving them brand-new toys to hug during a time of need.
“It seems most fitting that it is today, on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, that we celebrate such a special program,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “In addition to the daily acts of heroism our police officers perform, they also comfort these innocent children in very difficult situations. It really helps underscore what makes these men and women so special.”
NJ State PBA President Patrick Colligan is enthusiastic over the difference the donations will make on the lives of children that receive them. “When dealing with emergency situations where a child is involved, having these toys will help an officer make a child feel safe. I couldn’t be more proud to be involved with the program.”
“The community support for this project was tremendous,” said Gannon. “I want to thank all the people that contributed to the program. I’m sure these bears will make a difference in the lives of a lot of children.”
“In situations like these, our officers are aware that there’s more to being a public servant than upholding laws. We are a part of the community, and always strive to make a difficult situation easier on children,” said Rockaway Police Chief Conrad Pepperman.
“As president of the Morris County Chiefs of Police Association, I am honored that Assemblyman Bucco has chosen to partner with our organization and our endeavors to support the Feel Better Bear Program,” said Chief Ciro Chimento. “Since this program directly affects our most innocent little ones, we appreciate Assemblyman Bucco’s compassion. We are happy to collaborate and know that this program will provide comfort to the children of Morris County.”