Pals on Patrol is a non-profit founded by Megan Leahy that collects new or like new stuffed animals to donate to local police, fire, and state departments to give to children in times of traumatic, high stress situations. We interviewed her to find out more about this wonderful organization.
Q: Where did you get the idea for Pals on Patrol?
I knew that I wanted to start a non-profit but I was having a difficult time deciding on what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted it to be something I hadn't ever seen before. One day a friend was asking what she could do with her unused, but not unloved, stuffed animals and an idea popped into my head. It is widely known that children need something to hold on to in unfortunate times so I just figured that giving our unused, like new stuffed animals to emergency personnel would be beneficial to everyone involved. Those giving will have more room at home, the emergency workers will have something to give, and the children hurting just might have a sense of comfort, if even only for a little while.
Q: That makes sense… do you have a background in the emergency field?
I do. I have a degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration and have worked in the field for over ten years. My dad was a police officer and my mom is a nurse. I spent a lot of my childhood hanging out at the police department, court house, and hospital. I had awesome role models who taught by example and showed me that putting others first is always the right thing to do.
Q: How can we help Pals on Patrol?
You can help Pals on Patrol either by donating gently used or new stuffed animals (see website for guidelines) or donating Money to their Go Fund Me page.
The Urban Chalkboard has graciously volunteered to serve as the first drop off location! Stop by on Friday May 22 to drop off your donation. Snap a quick photo and post it on Twitter to share with the community and enter to win a prize (see below).
Please contact Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions and/or would like to schedule a donation drop off.
To kick start Pals on Patrol I will be giving away a special prize pack of handmade bath products, some goodies for the kids, and a stack of hand painted/stamped cards. Enter using any/all of the options below. Donations must be made by midnight on June 1, 2015 to qualify for that specific giveaway entry.