SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT TO RECEIVE PLUSH BEAR DONATION

SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT TO RECEIVE PLUSH BEAR DONATION

The Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department will receive its first donation of plush teddy bears Monday from an Anthony sixth-grader, whose community service project will vie in a statewide competition later this spring.

Marissa Morales, a student at Loma Linda Elementary School in Anthony, has been collecting plush bears to donate to the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department, whose Victim Assistance program will give the bears to children in crises. Her idea will be put up against others at a Future Problem Solving Program competition in Albuquerque.

"This young lady's dedication to this project is very uplifting to our department, and I hope these bears will have a similar effect on children in crisis situations," Sheriff Juan Hernandez said.

Hernandez will send a deputy to Loma Linda Elementary School to meet with Morales and pick up the donation Monday at 10 a.m.

FPSP's Web site said the program "engages students in creative problem solving, . . . stimulates critical and creative thinking skills and encourages students to develop a vision for the future."

For more information, call Grant A. Taylor, assistant to the director of public information, at (505) 647-7290. Anyone calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7290.