Stuffed bears and adopting families: it’s giving season in Sutter County


It should really be no surprise that the people who work every day with families in crisis understand the little things that are important to kids. Like Teddy Bears. Like Christmas.

The Sutter County Department of Child Support Services collected more than 50 stuffed animals for “Bear Hugs” for the holidays that were donated to the California Highway Patrol Yuba City Division, Sutter County Sheriff’s Department, and TIP (Trauma Intervention Program). These stuffed animals will be given to children who have suffered trauma, and foster children, in the local area. Employees from the Sutter County Assessor’s Office, the Clerk-Recorder’s Office, the Library, and Child Support Services donated stuffed animals and their time to the project.

Concurrently, employees from several Sutter County departments have adopted families for Christmas through the Family Intervention Team Foundation’s annual adopt-a-family for Christmas program, which has been in existence for more than a decade. Debbie Meeker, who along with her husband, Tim, are the volunteer coordinators of the program, said 53 families referred by Sutter County Health and Human Services and Probation Department personnel will be having a great Christmas this year because of the adoption program.

The FIT Foundation was formed to coordinate a program to provide for needy families at Christmas time: to make sure no one was falling through the cracks and that there weren’t duplications. In addition to the Adopt-A-Family program, the FIT Foundation provides assistance all year round, including collecting toys for foster children and assisting with costs that would allow a child to play Little League, for instance. Cash contributions to the FIT Foundation can be made by mailing a check to FIT Foundation, PO Box 544, Yuba City, CA, 95992.

It’s not just Sutter County employees getting into the act. Beale Air Force Base, the area’s Methodist Churches, John L. Sullivan Dodge, Soroptimist International of Marysville-Yuba City, Yuba City Police Department, Yuba City Police Officers Association, and David Shaw & Associates are among the organizations participating this year.