Moultrie Technical College’s Moultrie Campus Criminal Justice Technology program, with leadership from instructor Tara Rakestraw, collected new stuffed animals to donate to the Colquitt County Victims’ Advocate Program in November and December for the annual Teddy Bear Outreach. The stuffed animals will be used to comfort children who are victims of crime or traumatic circumstance and children who have suffered as a result of their parent or caregiver’s arrest.
The Victim Advocate Program provides stuffed animals to local law enforcement officers who may come in contact with child victims. The program also helps the families of child victims from throughout this year at Christmas with gifts, and some of the animals collected will be used for that purpose. Donations of bicycles and stocking stuffers, as a part of the Anne’s Bicycles for Children charity, were also a part of this year’s collection.
Victims’ Advocate Karen Ambrose said of the Teddy Bear Outreach, “Once again, the MTC Criminal Justice program has come to the aid of the District Attorney’s Office and the child victims of crime. Tara Rakestraw appeared with many students and huge bags and boxes of goodies to fill stockings for the children. For five years the Criminal Justice program has helped the D.A.'s office to serve these children at Christmas. The teddy bears and stockings will be tied with a big bow on the brand new bikes the family members will pick up. Then on Christmas morning, each child will wake up to quite a sight by their Christmas tree.”