Published on November 11th, 2021 | by University Communications


Saint Leo ‘recruiting’ Teddy Bears for TPD through December 13

As a project of the Tampa Education Center, Saint Leo is helping the Tampa Police Department this holiday season. Teddy Bears for TPD will provide cuddly critters for officers to carry in their vehicles in order to provide comfort to children in stressful situations.

Saint Leo University’s Tampa Education Center will partner with the TPD to put together a “comfort squad” of stuffed animals. Officers will provide these furry friends to children at crime scenes, in times of crisis, trauma, and other scary situations. 

The university community is helping with this effort and the Student Government Union, the Office of Greek Life and Community Engagement, and the East Pasco Education Center are assisting. Donations of new and gently used teddy bears and other stuffed animals will be collected in donation boxes now through December 13. All items will be donated to the Tampa Police Department.

Teddy bears and plush animals may be dropped off in donation boxes (look for the Teddy Bears for TPD signs) at the following:

  • Student Activities Building suite, Room 120;
  • Student Government Union office, Room 108, in the SAB;
  • Saint Edward Hall lobby (East Pasco Education Center);
  • Benedictine Hall lobby; and,
  • Tampa Education Center, 1403 N. Howard Ave., Tampa, FL 33607. Donations will be accepted 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“We want interactions with the police to be positive for children, even if it’s a scary situation,” said Rod Kirkwood, director of Saint Leo University’s Tampa Education Center. “These donations will allow the police officers to provide something soft for the children to hold during a hard or difficult time.”

For more information, contact Rod Kirkwood at or (813) 743-3228.


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