Crystal business donates stuffed animals to Robbinsdale police

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A group of Robbinsdale police pose in front of department headquarters with recently-donated stuffed animals, which they use to comfort children who find themselves alone in the department. (Sun Post staff photo by Joe Bowen)

A group of Robbinsdale police pose in front of department headquarters with recently-donated stuffed animals, which they use to comfort children who find themselves alone in the department. (Sun Post staff photo by Joe Bowen)

A Crystal business donated dozens of stuffed penguins, giraffes and snakes – oh my! – to the Robbinsdale Police Department March 29.

Intended to be given to children during or after often-traumatic events like medical emergencies or house fires, the animals can often soothe those kids and help them regain a sense of control, police said.

“They don’t necessarily know who we are,” said Police Chief Jim Franzen. “There’s a lot of strange things happening, and so if you can give a kid a stuffed animal, it’s kind of a universal language. A stuffed animal is never a stranger to a child. Once you give them that animal to hold, now they feel they’re in control of something and they have something that’s theirs.”

Kids can be separated from their parents or guardians for a number of reasons, police told reporters as they held some of the animals.

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