HPD helps children affected by violent crime

Julia Briggs died from cancer shortly after proposing a stuffed animal project to help children affected by violent crime in Houston. Her coach -- an HPD officer -- along with family, friends and teammates took up her cause after her death

December 3, 2011 6:14:52 AM PST
Houston Police Department officers are collecting stuffed animals to be given to 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.