HPD helps children affected by violent crime


Now in its third year, the "Remembering Julia" stuffed animal toy drive was conceived in 2009 by then 13-year-old Julia Briggs.

Julia wanted to ensure children of homicide victims, witnesses or suspects had something to hold and comfort them during what can be a traumatic time. Shortly after proposing the project to her lacrosse coach -- HPD Homicide Division Sergeant Brian Harris -- Julia died from a rare form of cancer.

Julia's family, friends and teammates then took up her cause

Donations of new stuffed animals will be accepted during the two-day Burning Flower Lacrosse Classic from 8am to noon Saturday and 8-10am Sunday at Cullen Park, 19008 Saums Road.

The donated stuffed animals will also be distributed to a number of child advocacy organizations.

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