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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary


For Immediate Release
September 20, 2001
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Department of Corrections
Donates Bears and Dolls

Sgt. Kim Crews and CO Sylvia Scippio of Columbia CI with the 100 teddy bears and 100 dolls that are being donated to the victims of the tragedy last Tuesday.
Sgt. Kim Crews and CO Sylvia Scippio of Columbia CI with the 100 teddy bears and 100 dolls that are being donated to the victims of the tragedy last Tuesday.

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Department of Corrections will donate 200 dolls and bears to children at Alice B. Landrum Middle School in Pointe Vedra Beach. Approximately one hundred (100) Raggedy-Ann dolls and one hundred (100) stuffed bears will arrive at Landrum Middle School by 10:00 a.m. Friday.

"In times of need you will always find DOC employees ready to respond," said Secretary Michael W. Moore. "The employees club at Columbia Correctional Institution which supports this program is to be commended for their generosity."

Students at Landrum Middle School have been collecting dolls and stuffed animals since last Thursday to donate to the children of firefighters and police officers that fell victim to the crisis in New York City. All of the collected dolls will be sent directly to the Widowers Club of the New York Fire Department for distribution. The school will be collecting bears until next Monday, September 24 before shipping them out on Wednesday, September 26.

"Children understand how a child might need something to hold on to in the middle of the night," said Tina Reed, coordinator of the Children In Action program at Landrum. "The entire school and community has been so supportive. In fact, we received over 200 bears the very first day."

Inmates at Columbia Correctional Institution make the dolls from materials donated by the employees club. Toy making is a year-round job assignment for inmates at Columbia Correctional Institution.