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WTMJ sponsors another successful Teddy Bear Patrol

CREATED May. 1, 2013 - UPDATED: May. 1, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Each year Newsradio 620 WTMJ hosts the Teddy Bear Patrol drive, asking the community to donate teddy bears to comfort a child in need.

“It makes me feel really happy that people really donated a lot of bears," Abby Houck tells TODAY’S TMJ4’s Jesse Ritka.

Abby was the one to find her mom lying on the floor of her home back in 2011 after She had suffered a heart attack.

“The day her mom died also happened to be her 9th birthday so it really hit her hard,” Abby’s dad Everette explains.

But as police officers began their investigation, Abby was given a teddy bear by officer Tamera Taubel as part of the Teddy Bear Patrol.

"When I got the bear, when my mom died, it made me feel special and made me feel really comforting." Abby describes.

"She got the bear and it just put a little bit of a smile on her face that day, which is just what any father wants is just a little smile on such a bad day," her dad remarks.

A smile from a small comfort thanks to the program that has collected more than 104 thousand stuffed animals since 1993. Abby’s school donated 74 alone.

“It makes me feel really happy that people really donated a lot of bears," she said.

And her father couldn’t be more supportive of the program, “I think it’s great, every kid deserves it, any time a tragedy, just a little a little, anything, it’s a great thing.”

Local law enforcement collected all 3,407 stuffed animals at Radio City and will distribute them to children like Abby who find themselves in a crisis situation.