LINO LAKES, Minn. (KMSP) - Police officers in Lino Lakes now have extra back up in their patrol cars: homemade stuffed animals. Officers will give them to children in moments of crisis, including fires, car accidents, and domestic violence.
Bonnie Bucci, a Lino Lakes resident, spent the last six months sewing and crocheting the 21 unique animals.
“I watch a lot of police shows and I see a lot of the kids going through a lot of turmoil,” Bonnie told Fox 9. “They’re going through a lot of crisis and I think sometimes they need something to cling to, something to hold on to. And if I can help with just getting them that one little thing to hold on to during their crisis period, then that’s what I want to do.”
Bonnie and her sister brought the animals to the Lino Lake Public Safety Department on Tuesday.
“We come across children in very difficult situations, and that may be anything from they were a passenger in a motor vehicle accident to they just lost their home to a fire. So to have something to give to them to let them hold on to, comfort, really can make a difficult situation better,” Captain Wayne Wegender told Fox 9.
Each patrol car will have two of the stuffed animals. If police run out, Bonnie said she’ll make more.
“Maybe some day I’ll run into someone in the super market with one of the animals. You never know,” Bonnie said.