LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's a way to give comfort to the kids who need it most.

Employees of United Health Group have collected nearly 14,000 stuffed animals to benefit a program called "Bears on Patrol."

The stuffed animals are given to police officers, who keep a supply of the toys in their cars.When they're out on calls, the officers give them to kids who have been through traumatic situations. The bears have come from all around the region, and some have come from other states.

"The team is very committed to children, and this is a way for us to give them something when they're in need," said Paul Brophy of United Health Group. "Let's say they're in a fire or a domestic dispute. We want to give them something that will comfort them."

Kosair Charities is making sure the stuffed animals get to the officers, and says this year, they've collected more than they ever have before.

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