The Livonia Police Department was selected by the Livonia Elks Lodge #2246 as this year’s recipient of their Emotional Support Teddy Bear gratitude grant. Their reasoning as stated in their letter to Chief Caid was for the ongoing efforts to protect and serve our community. The Elks National Foundation invests $12.4 million yearly into Elks communities to help meet local needs.
Mr. David Bibik, who is the grand coordinator for the Elks, donated these teddy bears so that our officers could hand them out when we respond to incidents involving children. Mr. Bibik described his own personal incident where his wife and son were involved in a car crash many years ago. The LPD officer that responded gave his son a stuffed bear which he kept for years and as an adult still remembers the kindness of the officer.
We here at the Livonia Police Department appreciate this act of kindness from the Livonia Elks Lodge and will use these bears to brighten up some children’s day during this holiday season.