The Beenleigh Quota club in Queensland, Australia, provides Trauma Teddies to five local ambulance stations to help soothe kids en route to the hospital. Before distribution, club members decorate the bears for a special touch of Quota caring. On a recent “decorate the bears night,” members attached patches to suggest the bears suffered an injury. Emergency personnel noted that children calmed down much more quickly when they focused their attention away from their own troubles and onto comforting the bears.
The Trauma Teddies project benefits the community, draws attention to Quota service through local news coverage, and helps the club recruit new members and gain community support. Even better, members say the bears generate fun and fellowship during decorating sessions, layering an added bonus on a GREAT IDEA for Quota service.