You’re driving down the road with your kids in the car. Suddenly, in an instant, you are experiencing your worst nightmare; screeching tires, a flurry of motion and sound and then the moment of impact. Seven years ago, Daniel Velasquez and his mother experienced just such a nightmare. Thankfully, they were both able to walk away from their accident, albeit they were understandably shaken up. At the scene of Daniel and his mother’s accident, the responding Parker Police Officer gave Daniel a stuffed Teddy Bear to help calm him down and ease his nerves a bit.
Not only did that Teddy Bear help Daniel the day of his accident, it inspired Daniel to pay it forward and help other kids going through traumatic experiences. Every year since that accident, Daniel has had a very special and specific birthday wish. Instead of gifts for himself, he has asked his friends to bring new stuffed animals that can be donated to the Parker Police Department.
This year, Daniel has paired up with Mayor Mike Waid, and together they are trying to hit a goal of 335 new (stuffed animals must be new and unused due to allergies) stuffed animals for Daniel’s donation. He is expanding the donations to include the Douglas County Sherriff’s Office as well as Parker Adventist Hospital. To those children who are victims of crime, abuse or accidents, these stuffed animal friends offer a safe companion and foster a positive relationship with the police officers that provide them.
If you would like to help Daniel meet his goal of 335 stuffed animals, you can drop your donation at Fika Coffee House (19559 East Mainstreet – Parker, CO 80138 ) as well as the Parker Schoolhouse (19650 E. Mainstreet – Parker, CO 80138) on Mainstreet. You can also contact Ray Velasquez directly at 303-304-8851.
Your generous donation doesn’t just mean a lot to Daniel, it means the world to those little ones who find themselves in an unexpected and often scary situation. Your donation will warm hearts for a long time to come.