Posted on April 7, 2014

Human services class contribute to community

A friend indeed to children in need

The Laramie County Community College human services club’s final project made and delivered teddy bears to children in need.

The club sewed the bears on March 8. Later that week on March 14, the bears were distributed to the Cheyenne Police Department, Safe Harbor, Safe House and the Wyoming Department of Family Services.

This project’s purpose was to supply children who have lost everything and are taken from their homes with a teddy bear, which might be their only friend or companion.

Human services adviser Dr. JoLene Klumpp said: “At least 100 kids are expected to be given bears. Twenty-five are expected to go to each organization. When they are in crisis, they may need a bear to hug.”

Some faculty members have also become involved with the project by sponsoring the bears. Anyone can donate money to sponsor a bear and will be given credit on the tag of the bear.

The project will help children who have nothing left but themselves, and the effects can be very beneficial, Klumpp said. Not all cases of crisis are the same.

Amanda Thoms, a student who is involved with the project, said: “The children are taken out of their homes because of drugs, abuse and neglect. A child is in need of safety, shelter and needs to be taken care of. It’s not always the parents’ fault.”

Human services leave impact on many children

Thoms continued: “Foster children don’t have anything when they leave their home. Their only friend may be a therapy bear.”

Although there are many different causes to a crisis case, one point they all have in common is a child in need.

Kattie King, another student involved with the project, said: “Children can’t be self-sufficient. When something bad happens to them, they rely on others. It makes sense to help someone who can’t help themselves.”

The parents of these children in need are also affected by the project.

“As a parent, if I had to wake up in the middle of the night to leave my home with my children and have someone who came in and said, ‘Here is a toy for your child,’ it would be touching because they are supplying my kids with something that I couldn’t,” King said. “For someone that doesn’t know you to show they care about you leaves a huge impact these days.”

The project will be the first of its kind from the human service club.

All remaining donated money will be given to the “Natural Born Helpers” Scholarship, which is a part of the human services program.