Frankfort, KY — It’s Black Friday, the traditional kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. Kentucky State Police hope shoppers will include a Trooper Teddy Bear on their Christmas list this year. The bears went on sale Thanksgiving night and will sell for $15 over the holiday weekend. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Trooper Teddy Project, which provides teddy bears to children in traumatic situations such as a car crash, exposure to drugs, or domestic abuse cases which frequently result in the arrest of a parent. The program is designed to develop trust between officers and children. The ‘Trooper Teddy’ Project will celebrate its 30-year anniversary in December and exists through generous contributions as no state funds are used for this project, but the need remains. For those interested in purchasing a bear or making a tax-deductible contribution to the project, you can access the KSP website at kentuckystatepolice.org/trooper-teddy. The Trooper Teddy Bear Project came to life in December of 1989 after Kentucky First Lady Martha Wilkinson hosted a Gala fundraiser at Red Mile Racecourse earlier that summer. The black-tie event raised the needed funds to purchase 2,000 Trooper Teddy Bears. The first allotment of bears included a personal note on each stuffed animal from First Lady Wilkerson.