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Beta Alpha Chi, Roane State Community College's chapter of The Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, donated 100 Beanie Babies to the Rockwood Police Department for officers to distribute to children.
Police answer many calls involving children, with situations including domestic violence, child abuse and fires.
“We feel like it is important the police have these Beanie Babies to hand out when children are caught in the midst of a scary event,” said Nikki Smith, a member of Phi Theta Kappa.
“Police officers can be scary people to a child if they are taking a family member away,” she added.
“Sadly, some children have been raised to fear the police due to their parents activities. If they have these Beanie Babies, it will help give the police a better public image, because so many police get only negativity in their jobs.”
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is involved in many different community projects.
The group is presently raising money for Roane County Relay for Life “Team Relay Raiders.”
Members are also raising funds for toys to take to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and a weekend “snack sack” for children.
“In these hard times, programs like these really need the support of members of the community,” Smith said. “Donations are greatly appreciated.”
For more about donating to the group’s causes, contact Georgette Boozer at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Roane State at 354-3000.