Bears donated bring children comfort
By Kerri Bartlett, Assistant Editor
Davis House Child Advocacy Center representatives and supporters received a donation of 300 bears from
AT&T Pioneers Nashville Life Member Club. Brenda Davis (front left), co-founder and board member,
Gary Buchanan, project manager, and Senator Jack Johnson, advisory board member. Marcus Stamps (back left), executive director of the center, with representatives from AT&T including Gail Ragland, Don and Carol Canady,
Lanie Johnson and Phyllis Lewis. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Children of the Davis House Child Advocacy Center welcomed new furry friends to hug on Tuesday when 300 teddy bears were donated to the center by AT&T Pioneers Nashville Life Member Club.
“These bears provide comfort for those who come to the center. When you have something to hold and hug, it makes you feel better – for children and even teenagers,” said Gary Buchanan, bear project manager for AT&T.
The handmade bears, sewn with care, have reached about 11,000 children’s open arms over the past 11 years to comfort during traumatizing situations in war zones, fires, and domestic violence.
The Davis House, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit, provides intensive counseling and forensic interviews for children who have experienced severe abuse. The center was founded by husband and wife, Ron and Brenda Davis, who saw a need to serve abused children in the community. Ron, who died in 2008, served a District Attorney for the 21st district. Seeing children frequently caught in the court system in great need of a safe outlet for support, he opened the center, which has been in operation since 2000. The center helps about 500 children from Lewis, Hickman, Perry and Williamson counties annually.
“Children who come here have gone through the most horrible thing possible, and they are scared and fragile,” Brenda said, who now serves on the board. “The last thing they want to do is talk to somebody about it. The bears give them great comfort.”
Buchanan dedicated the first bear of the group to Ron Davis for the legacy of the Davis House that is continuing to provide a great service to the community.
Sen. Jack Johnson also attended the event and serves on the advisory board. “The Davis House is incredibly important to prosecutors, law enforcement and benefits the state with the number one concern being the well being of the child.”
Posted on: 7/24/2013