Photo of Baltimore County Police Department receiving donation of comfort bags.The Baltimore County Police Department recently received a gift that will keep on giving. 

Books to the Rescue! is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to comfort children during a crisis through the gift of books, while simultaneously promoting literacy. The Baltimore County Police Department was just presented with 20 "Comfort Bags," two for each of our 10 precincts, to be kept in patrol cars for use when officers encounter a child in a crisis situation.

These "Comfort Bags" each contain enough materials to reach approximately 40 - 50 children. They are packed full of brand new books, stuffed animals, and activity books designed to address the different emotional needs that a child in crisis may have, including anxiety, fear or loneliness.  Officers will be able to use these items to engage children ranging in age from infancy through early teens, help calm them, and help redirect their attention during traumatic or stressful situations.

Major Rob McCullough, Executive Officer in the Baltimore County Police Department’s Operations Bureau, met with Marcella Bell, the Baltimore Community Coordinator for Books to the Rescue!™, who presented this gift that will keep on giving to the Department. After six months Books to the Rescue!™ will replenish the bags with more books, stuffed animals and activities for the officers' use with children in crisis.

Photo of available books inside comfort bags.