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Children affected by trauma to receive comfort kits

Posted at 12:51 PM, Mar 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-09 19:50:12-05

A nonprofit is receiving assistance from police officers and church leaders in Lafayette to help children who have experienced trauma.

This morning, organizers with Eckerd Connects Lafayette Wraparound Agency met at Covenant United Methodist Church to make what they’re calling comfort kits for kids in the community.

The comfort kits are drawstring bags filled with coloring books, crayons, bottled water, nonperishable snacks, and other items. The items were donated by members of the church.

Lafayette patrol officers will then carry the comfort kits with them and hand them out to children they meet who have been exposed to trauma.

“Unfortunately, many children in our community are exposed to trauma because of car accidents, domestic violence, drug abuse and countless other things,” said Jamie Bethley, lead facilitator at Lafayette’s Eckerd Connects. “We’re hoping this gesture can make at least a small difference in that situation and let these youth know that someone in this community cares about them.”