“Trauma is distressing at any age,” Chaplain Rich Robinson, Executive Director at Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, said. “Children experiencing trauma need to be reminded they are valued and loved. Kids Comfort Kits offer comfort to children experiencing trauma through the gift of a stuffed animal, fidget toys, and a personalized letter from another child.”
Kids Comfort Kits are provided by Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy for police officers, EMS, and firefighters across Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester Counties to carry in their emergency vehicles and give to children.
Each kit is designed to comfort children during times of trauma and serve as a reminder that they are loved and valued. Bags are given to kids on the scene of car accidents, house fires, abuse, and even traffic stops where a child is frightened. Each bag is filled with a stuffed animal, toys to fidget with, and a note with a hand drawn picture from a student.
"Our goal with the Kids Comfort Kits is to provide first responders with a tool to serve and connect with children they encounter when they are in the field," Susan Shady, Kids Comfort Kits coordinator, said. "We hope that having these kits will allow first responders to attend not only to the physical needs of the community, but to the emotional needs as well. We are so thankful for all their hard work and hope this makes their jobs just a bit easier."
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About Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy
Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization with the mission "to be a light in the depth of pain and a hope in the day to day for first responders, individuals, and the community."