Minnesota Moment: Ramsey County Officer's Stuffed Animals Comfort Kids

August 02, 2018 02:52 PM

A Ramsey County sheriff's officer is rounding up some unusual suspects.

Bev Shogren serves as a community affairs officer. Initially, her duties included cleaning out a closet and sorting through old uniforms.

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But Shogren said she had been cleaning things her entire life and wanted to do more. So she now collects stuffed animals, blankets and bags.

Deputies hand them out to kids during tough situations. They then report back to Shogren about how those stuffed animals helped.

"He gave them all a stuffed animal and it calmed them right down. It was a really good thing," Shogren said.

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She said deputies also hand out toys during big events, like National Night Out.

Shogren has quite a stockpile, but she said she really needs Beanie Babies.

Those wishing to donate can drop off either beanie babies or stuffed animals at the Ramsey County Sheriff's Department's patrol station at 1411 Parl Kirkwold Drive in Arden Hills on weekdays between 8:30 and 4:30 p.m. Those looking for additional details can email asksheriff@co.ramsey.mn.us.

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