There was a special toy donation Wednesday to the Memphis Police Department. The Memphis Zoo donated extra zoo toys to the Crump and Union precincts.
The toys will be used when officers work cases where children are involved in a crisis or domestic situation to comfort them.
Zoo officials say it was a no-brainer to give the extra toys to the officers.
“We had a little bit of excess stock. It was actually some team members here at the Memphis Zoo that came up with the idea to partner with our local police, and obviously, like I mentioned, we have a wonderful partnership. They do great things to keep our community safe, and it just felt like a natural connection,” said Leah Jensen, V.P. of Operations with the Memphis Zoo.
“We’re in the business of lifting their spirits, and we think that those donations, these tokens of appreciation, will definitely life the spirit of these children,” said MPD Lt. Col. Chorcie Jones.
More than 300 stuffed zebras were given to the department. Squad cars from both precincts will be equipped with the toys for those moments when needed.