The BeKind UNM team was recently honored for their contributions to the Albuquerque Police Department at the Albuquerque Mayor’s “Friday’s Heroes” event.
Mayor Richard J. Berry and Police Chief Gorden Eden were on hand to accept delivery of more than 500 teddy bears and toys, which were collected campuswide as part of the BeKind UNM celebration in February.
“It makes a huge difference for our police officers to have a small animal or toy when they find themselves in our community with a child who’s been traumatized.” said Mayor Berry. “It may look small in your hands but it makes a world of difference for that child.”
The bears will be kept in APD patrol cars to be given to children in traumatic situations to help ease some of the stress. Every year, the BeKind UNM team plans a weeklong celebration during National Random Acts of Kindness to help promote kind acts around campus and the community. This year, as in years past, the team organized a teddy bear collection to benefit the Albuquerque Police Department.
“It’s truly Christmas in March,” said Chief Eden. “These go to kids who have been in the most traumatic types of situations you can ever imagine – and it helps so so much.”
“The teddy bear drive is a great way to give back to the community through kindness,” says Dr. Kim Kloeppel, chief operations officer, UNM Division of Student Affairs and BeKind UNM committee chair. “We are hoping that these bears will help spread kindness throughout our city and serve as a reminder of how easy it is to be kind to one another.”
The UNM Division of Student Affairs in conjunction with several UNM departments, Albuquerque businesses and community groups sponsors the UNM BeKind celebration and other kindness initiatives.
For more information visit the BeKindUNM webpage or call 505-277-0952.