The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Paralegal Committee has collected 5,731 stuffed animals from area paralegals for emergency responders to give to children after a traumatic event, the IndyBar announced Thursday.
The “Bears on Patrol” program provides children exposed to violence, abuse and other traumas with teddy bears for comfort and relief. The program is run by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Indianapolis Fire Department and Wishard Health Services EMS.
This year’s total is the most ever collected through the IndyBar Paralegal Committee. Paralegals from Frost Brown Todd won the challenge this year, collecting 1,583 bears, the most by a group. Justice Law Office donated the most bears per employee by giving 45 per employee.
Julia Kleinschmidt, chair-elect of the IndyBar Paralegal Committee, said participation in the program builds strong ties between the public safety agencies and Indianapolis-area law firms. Kleinschmidt is a paralegal at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, which collected 964 stuff animals this year.