About Our Program
Vehicle Disposal Recycling Center
Shortly after midnight on July 17
th 1995, the concept of the
Teddy Bear Cops Vehicle Recycling Program
was born in Bellevue, Washington.
Simply put, the most altruistic purpose of our program was and is to help
spread awareness of childhood trauma. Each year, five million children
in our country experience some sort of trauma – much of which can
be avoided, or at least minimized.
Childhood trauma can occur from domestic violence, accidents, natural disasters,
fire, flood, or medical emergencies. Police officers, fire-fighters, and
emergency medical personnel can do much to contain childhood trauma. But,
can we do more?
That was the question batted around for hours back in July of 1995. The
answer was as simple as it has proved to be powerful –
Most of us can remember our first teddy bear. It was something that was
our own, and our most cherished possession. Can hugging a teddy bear spare
a child the horrors of trauma? Perhaps not completely, but it certainly
can alleviate it to some extent.
Please take your old teddy bears and dolls to your local police departments, fire stations, and hospitals. And please,
pass this word onto others, so they too may be inspired to wisely and
kindly dispose of their teddy bears.