Trooper Teddy Project

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 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.