Staff from the State Attorney’s Office delivered more than 200 teddy bears to the children of Valerie’s House today as part of a special toy drive done within the office.
Valerie’s House, located in Fort Myers, provides open-ended peer support groups and activities to children who have suffered a significant loss in their life. Children ages 4-19 and their families are able to work together to deal with the death of someone they love.
Victim’s Advocate Nancy Cruz led the charge to gather teddy bears for the children this holiday season. Each day, over the course of three weeks, employees brought in more stuffed animals.
The special delivery was dropped off today to help brighten the faces of the children during what for some is a tough time of year.
Valerie’s House is also now a resource for the State Attorney’s Office when helping to assist
children impacted by the death of loved ones through crime.
photo: (Left to right) Victim Advocate Nancy Cruz, Victim Advocate Ingrid Gomez, Chief Assistant State Attorney Amira Fox, Angela Melvin of Valerie’s House, Victim Advocate Stacey Carlton, Assistant State Attorney Kelly Worcester