Douglas High students throw stuffed animals for a good cause

BOX ELDER, S.D. — Douglas High School students stepping up Wednesday to make a difference in their community.

Thumbnail Img 8660Students from the AP Government class organized a stuffed animal toss during Wednesday’s pep rally. The animals will be given to law enforcement and first responders around the Black Hills to be given out when they respond to calls involving children.

“We decided to collect stuffed animals and give to those first responders so that they can give them to kids so it’s hopefully not as traumatic and they have some way of dealing with it,” says senior Dee Wilcken.

The project was personal for one Douglas student, whose father is a member of local law enforcement. She says that having a stuffed animal to give to kids during a traumatic event – like a car accident – can make the event a little better.

“I’ve actually been on ride-alongs with my dad and I’ve seen a couple kids that like, get taken out of homes where their parents are involved in some sort of law enforcement thing, and so giving somebody a stuffed animal is just so important no matter what age they are,” says senior Joslyn Russell.

Students threw their stuffed animals from the bleachers where they were collected from the court by other students.

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