Libertyville chiropractor Dr. Tom Bennett donated 502 new stuffed animals to the Libertyville Fire Department to be given to children during crisis situations.
Bennett collected the toys from patients April 30 during the annual drive his office sponsored. The stuffed animals are used by local police and firefighters to help comfort scared children.
"It's a thing they (firefighters and police officers) do regularly but don't have a budget for it, so they rely on donations," Bennett said Thursday.
This is the 16th year Bennett Chiropractic Care in Libertyville has done the "Cuddly Critters" collection and donation to emergency providers. The donation happens every spring.
"When they're (children) in the ambulance, they're scared -- very unknown situation going on. It's a comfort for them." Libertyville firefighter Brian Bagdon said of the stuffed animals.