IKEA Savannah Distribution Center and IKEA Sustainability Developer, Dean Peterson, have donated 120 small plush teddy bears to America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. You are probably wondering what a food bank wants with stuffed animals? Well, Second Harvest has reached out to the Savannah Chatham Metro Police Department and has made arrangements with the men and women on the police force to carry the bears with them on patrol. As the law enforcement officials come in contact with distressed, scared or lost children, they will be able to offer a small comforting stuffed animal.
“IKEA believes that home is the most important place in the world and children its most important people.” For the past three years, IKEA has also partnered with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization and parent company to America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. Through the “Feeding Our Future” collaboration, IKEA has helped to secure more than 4 million meals to people who struggle with hunger. In the U.S., 1 in 7 people struggle with hunger. In Coastal Georgia, 1 in 4 children are faced with food insecurity.
“All soft toys are good at hugging, comforting and listening and are fond of play and mischief. In addition, they are reliable and tested for safety.” These little bears are small enough to be manageable by the littlest of hands or hidden away for safekeeping and comfort.