Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the International Honor Society of the Two-Year College, is hosting a ballroom dance event this spring to benefit the young victims of methamphetamine abuse and domestic violence. We are collecting teddy bears, monetary donations, and items for a silent auction. The money, profits from the silent auction, and the teddy bears will all be presented to the Methamphetamine Task Force on the night of the event.
The proceeds from this fun event will benefit the Methbusters Buddy Bear Program, a regional Tennessee PTK charity initiative. This Buddy Bear Program collects stuffed bears and toys for police officers to comfort children with went their parents are arrested for abusing or manufacturing meth or when they are arrested for other crimes. Though this may seem like a simple gesture, these bears are often responsible for making a devastating event a less devastating memory. Additionally, children who are victims of meth are not allowed to take any of their possessions because of meth’s pervasive toxicity; the bear ensures that the child has at least one possession to call his or her own.
Last year, PTK chapters across the state collected hundreds of bears and presented them to their respective regions. The officers receiving these bears were touched as they accepted our bears with tear-filled gratitude. This year, we hope to top ourselves and bring even more relief to these officers who have one of the toughest jobs: enforcing the law without traumatizing children.