Hug-A-Bear Program 

Members of the Orono High School Honor Society gave quite a donation to the police department Wednesday.As Meghan Hayward tells us, the furry bears will help many children.Members of the Orono High School National Honor Society are helping the police department out, one teddy bear at a time.”We like working with the community a lot. And since we are really close to our middle school and elementary school, we see the kids all the time. We’re kind of a tight-knit town so we thought why not help out the little kids too.”The students sold spring bulbs to help raise money to purchase the teddy bears.They were able to buy more than 30 teddy bears to give to the police department’s Hug-a-Bear Program.”We give out teddy bears to kids that need them during fires, domestic violence issues, child custody issues. And sometimes just when you see a kid and they look like they need something to hold onto.”The students say they’re happy to be helping such a great program.”We take for granted everyday things. But to a little kid a small teddy bear is a big thing for them.”The police say the donation is a big help to them.”Extremely beneficial because that’s 32 kids that we can give a bear to that needs something to hold onto in a time of need.”They say nothing beats the kids’ reactions when they hand them a teddy bear.”It’s wonderful. You can start to see the crying will stop and the smiles come out.”They’ll take donated bears. They must be new with tags attached and should be about a foot tall.For more information or to donate a bear you can call 866-4000.