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The B’nai B’rith Achim/Gate City Lodge in Atlanta, Georgia, donated over 200 stuffed animals collected from the community to DeKalb County Police Department through the B’nai B’rith Cares for Kids program. 

Police officers will carry the stuffed animals in their trunks to give to children they encounter when responding to situations. Al Fowler, public education specialist of the DeKalb County Police Department, thanked B’nai B’rith for the donation, saying the department goes through the stuffed animals quickly. 

“The word is already out to the officers that we have animals again, and trunks are getting furry friends again,” Fowler said. 

Achim/Gate City Lodge President Helen Scherrer-Diamond presented the stuffed animals to the police department. This presentation was made possible with the assistance of community member Jen Powell-Elgin and lodge member Cindy Sedran. The program has been a part of the lodge’s community service agenda since 1997 under the chair of Lois and Jerry Kravitz. 

B’nai B’rith Cares for Kids is a community service project that has brought tens of thousands of teddy bears and stuffed animals to children who are facing difficult health and family situations.