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PCC Public Services and Fine Arts Division Collects Stuffed Animals for NCSHP Program

Students and employees from PCC's Public Services and Fine Arts Division presented hundreds of stuffed animals to N.C. Highway Patrolman (and PCC graduate) Brad Taylor earlier this month.

WINTERVILLE—Students, faculty and staff from Pitt Community College's Public Services and Fine Arts Division collected hundreds of stuffed animals for the N.C. State Highway Patrol (NCSHP) that troopers can now use to comfort children they may encounter when responding to incidents.

According to Dan Mayo, dean of the college’s Public Services and Fine Arts Division, it’s not uncommon for highway patrolmen to come across children who are scared or nervous in carrying out their daily duties.

“The stuffed animals give state troopers a valuable tool they can use to ease stressful situations,” Mayo said. “The animals can provide comfort to a child who may need a friendly face or just something soft to hold.”

Faith Fagan, administrative assistant for PCC’s Public Services and Fine Arts Division, spearheaded the “Teddy Bears for Troopers” effort. She said students and employees from all seven departments within the division pitched in to make the drive successful.

“We were eager to get this project underway to support the officers of [NCSHP’s] Troop A,” Fagan said. “The PCC Public Services and Fine Arts Division always seeks to find a way to serve and give back to the community. The stuffed animal project was a perfect fit for us.”

Fagan said the division teamed up with troopers Doug Cooley and Brad Taylor, who is a PCC graduate. They will be in charge of distributing the stuffed animals to their fellow officers in Troop A, which is headquartered in Greenville and covers 21 counties in eastern North Carolina.

In a 2014 interview with the News & Observer, Capt. Jeff Gordon said state troopers have been handing out stuffed animals to children since the mid-90s. It gives children a sense of comfort and helps troopers build good rapport with them during traumatic situations, he said.