Dolls for young victims or witnesses of crime

Police in Harrisburg, IL have a novel approach to their child victims or children who witness crimes. Police chief Bob Smith has been given a number of handmade dolls that his police department gives to children.

The dolls help break down a wall that has been built up by drugs, alcohol, and other abusive behaviors. These dolls are an immediate bandage for emotional pain that can take years to heal.

The dolls were provided by the Women’s Missionary Union of Raleigh First Baptist Church. Each doll is handmade and is unique. This group has provided dolls for similar situations before, having provided to other charities and shelters in the Saline County area as well as overseas to places like Uganda.

Read more in Brett C. Pinkerton’s story at the Harrisburg DailRegister.