UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS — A UI sorority is doing something different to help Urbana police.
UPD works with children and, many times, it can be because of a stressful situation. So, the girls of AOII donated stuffed animals to UPD to give to kids they meet on the job. Police say it’s actually very useful for them.
After talking with police, the students say they emphasized how much it can impact the kids. Sometimes their parents can’t be with them and the stuffed animals help comfort them.
The sorority sisters got the idea after going to a leadership academy earlier this year. They say it’s important for members to find ways to help people.
Other sororities around the country have done similar things and AOII women are following in their footsteps. Pandas are the sorority’s unofficial mascot, so they decided to donate 20 stuffed pandas to the department.
They met with UPD Thursday to give them the bears. They plan to put a panda in every squad car.
AOII members say UPD has helped the sorority in the past, so they wanted to give something back. It’s the first time the sorority has done this, but they plan to continue the tradition for years to come.