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B.U.F.F.Y. Bear

Blonde Girl with Buffy Bear Walking with Buffy Bear Blonde Girl Asleep with Buffy Bear

€œBears Understand Friends, Feelings and You.

Through a program initiated in 1989, cuddly bears are provided to the Ventura County District Attorney's Office (Child Abduction and Recovery Unit), local hospitals, police and fire departments for distribution to comfort and reassure children experiencing traumatic situations.

Barbara Houser, ALVC Philanthropic Programs Chairman; Rolando Tejeda, CHP Public Information Officer; Pat Zenone, ALVC B.U.F.F.Y. Bear Chairman; Terry S. Roberts, CHP Commander; Pat Supko, ALVC member.

BUFFY Bears Donated to Ventura Area Highway Patrol for Children in Crisis

Members of Assistance League of Ventura County delivered BUFFY Bears to the Ventura Area Highway Patrol Commander Terry S. Roberts, Captain and his Public Information Officer Rolando Tejeda. Captain Roberts had requested two bears for each of his twenty-six patrol vehicles. These cuddly bears will be given to Ventura County children in crisis situations to provide comfort and help them feel better. BUFFY stands for B (Bears), U (Understand), F (Friends), F (Feelings), and Y (YOU).

Pat Zenone Assistance League's BUFFY Bear Chairman, Pat Supko BUFFY committee member and Barbara Houser 3rd Vice President Philanthropic Programs participated in the delivery of the Buffy Bears.

BUFFY Bear is one of four ongoing philanthropic programs of Assistance League, a chapter of National Assistance League. The BUFFY program was established in 1989. BUFFY Bears are teddy bears purchased by Assistance League and dressed in special T-shirts with BUFFY printed on them.

In addition to the Highway Patrol, other agencies receiving bears include the Ventura County District Attorney's Victims Unit and Child Abduction Services, West County Sheriff, Ventura County Medical Center, Ventura Community Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Unit, Santa Paula Police Department and Hospital, Ventura City Police and Ventura Fire Department, Fillmore Fire Department, Oxnard Fire Department and St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital Sub Acute Unit in Camarillo.

If you would like to know more about Assistance League and their philanthropic programs throughout Ventura County, please call the office, located at 913 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura at 805-643-2458 or email at

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