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April 04 10:05 AM

Airman provides comfort to children

Bossier City police and fire personnel got a helping hand from a Barksdale Air Force Base airman.

Senior Airman Christine Blanco with the 2nd Medical Supply Squadron collected 150 stuffed toy animals and donated them to the Bossier City police and fire departments to hand out to children while on emergency calls for service.

Blanco, along with Staff Sgt. Faith Sturm, delivered the toys on Tuesday to Deputy Police Chief Jimmy Stewart and Fire Chief Brad Zagone at the Bossier City Police Department.

The toys will be placed in patrol cars and in fire department vehicles for distribution to children during calls for service, including fires, motor vehicle crashes or other incidents that can have a distressing effect on a child.

Bossier City first responders often give stuffed toys to a child in these types of situations as a means of calming the child and providing comfort.

Blanco collected the toys from members of the Barksdale community as part of a leadership project to assist the local community.

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