This Woman Reuses Old Police Uniforms To Make Teddy Bears For Children In Need

"Why don't we make teddy bears for children that need a little extra something special?"

Bears are on patrol in pursuit of bringing smiles to children facing troubling times.

Eva Gray came up with a brilliant way to reuse old police uniforms by turning them into teddy bears, which can be given to children dealing with a family tragedy, an accident, or who have been victims of crime.

It also helps protect from people who may try to impersonate a police officer after finding the retired uniforms.

Gray's husband, Officer Cody Gray, who serves on the Kalkaska, Michigan police force, told her how they were trying to figure out what to do with the old uniforms.

Not long after, she was sewing up cute teddy bears for officers to keep in their squad cars.

"It just kind of popped in my head, 'Why don't we make teddy bears for children that need a little extra something special?'" she said in a recent interview. 

So far, she's working on recreating 150 old uniforms, dating back to 1990s, which she's affectionately named "patrol bears."

To pay homage to the police force they're representing, Gray stitching uniforms for the cuddly friends that replicate the Kalkaska Police Department uniform, which includes a patch on the front and a stripe down the pants leg.

"The teddy bears are going to kids when they're at the most vulnerable, when they need something extra to help them get through an event," Officer Gray said in the same interview. "I think it's going to be great to give these to the kids, so they can feel better in a bad situation."

Each bear takes about 2.5 hours to make and Mrs. Gray is aiming to have at least two available in each squad car.

Cover image via Shutterstock I ArtOlympic

(H/T: Huffington Post)

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