Monroe County Sheriff Senior Victim-Witness Advocate Paula Penna, Sheriff Sergeant Steve Murphy, Pittsford Rotary member Kevin O’Grady, Pittsford Rotary Past President Harold McAulliffe, HF-M Rotary President Jeff Klein and HF-M Treasurer Barry Kissack are photographed among the sea of teddy bears and other stuffed animals collected. Photo by Alyssa Klein

On Wednesday September 22nd, Pittsford Rotary hosted their annual Teddy Bear Picnic fundraiser for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Honeoye Falls-Mendon Rotary teams up with them each year to be part of their event. It was a great success as over 300 stuffed animals were donated. Deputies hand them out to children on calls.

As the President of HF-M Rotary, I have the opportunity to be part of the first step in this cause,” HF-M Rotary President Jeff Klein said. “As a police officer, I was very fortunate to see where these donations end up. The bottom line is they make kids smile during a traumatic event in their lives, providing comfort and a glimmer of hope.

There are more people in our community who have stuffed animals that need a home. I really want these stuffed animals to end up in the arms of a kid who really needs it.”

If you have a new stuffed animal (with tags, please) that you would like to donate, please reach out to Klein at jeffklein2015@gmail.com and the HF-M Rotary will make sure they get picked up and delivered to MCSO.

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