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Spokane boy gives birthday to charity

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On his birthday, 12-year-old Chase Loney decided to ask for teddy bears to donate to the fire department. 

When firefighters respond to emergencies where kids are involved, it helps to have a way to break the ice and have something firefighters can give them to make them feel better. When Chase heard about this, he decided to use his birthday as way to give back to other kids in the community. Over the last few months, he has collected teddy bears. 

“I wanted to give them to the fire station and police department so they could give them to kids,” Chase explained. 

“It's something that's always been kind of traditional for the fire service and police departments, but I don't know that it's been put out there,” explained Todd Lobdell a firefighter with Spokane County Fire District 9. “This is something we do on a regular basis.”

Firefighters and police officers hand out teddy bears to kids when they are out on calls. It is a little something that goes a long way for kids if they are involved in a bad situation like a fire or car accident. 

That is why Chase, who just turned 12, carried in six bags, full of little stuffed animals to Fire Station 99 in north Spokane.  In total, Chase collected 164 bears. The fire department can now load those onto their fire truck when they head out on a call. Firefighters say they will have at least five bears on their big red truck at all times just in case. 

After dropping off the bears, the firefighters gave Chase and a few of his friends a tour of the truck as a thank you. They say these furry stuffed animals help kids feel more comfortable around the firefighters that can seem intimidating at first and provide a needed distraction during an emergency.

“Because sometimes when you're in a fire all you need is a hug from your stuffy,” Chase said. 

“This is just a great thing that Chase has done for the whole community and we will use them,” Lobdell said. “We'll put them in our stations and they will get out to all the kids through the area on car accidents, medical calls, fires, and like Chase said it's something warm and fuzzy that gives back a lot of love to the kids.” 

Chase says he plans to do something like this every year on his birthday. He does have a Facebook page called Chase's Charities if you want to get involved.  

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