Macca’s gives serve of comfort to kids

Would you like a teddy with that? WA Police’s Katie Vos with Shanti Sivaraj, licensee of the McDonald’s in Butler, with one of the comfort bags given to children in crisis. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d400255
Would you like a teddy with that? WA Police’s Katie Vos with Shanti Sivaraj, licensee of the McDonald’s in Butler, with one of the comfort bags given to children in crisis. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d400255

McDonald’s raises funds for a program, launched in 2009 and run by WA Police, in which comfort bags containing pyjamas, underwear, toiletries, a book and a teddy bear are given to children.

Last Thursday, McDonald’s Butler licensee Shanti Sivaraj gave bags for the north-west metropolitan area to First Class Constable Katie Vos from the police Child Assessment and Interview team.

Constable Vos said the comfort bags provided children comforting items to help them through an exceptionally tough period.

‘The program has the support of the Commissioner of Police, the Director General of the Department for Child Protection and the Director of Crisis Care,’ she said.

‘Officers from the Child Assessment and Interview team are regularly involved with children in crisis who are removed or estranged from their homes.’

‘It is often not possible for the children to take any personal possessions with them and this can add to the distress.

‘In such a stressful situation, just having a teddy bear to cling on to, or a book to read can be a big help.’