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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- “It’s about service and caring for your community,” said Erin Betlej, Director of Youth and Young Adults with Oak Ridge United Methodist Church.

Betlej and about two dozen youth members of her church spent Saturday giving back.

The group went to Build-A-Bear Workshop to make stuffed animals. Each youth member spent their own money to make a bear that was later given to the Greensboro Police Department.

Greensboro police said they are thankful for the donation. The church donated 25 bears.

The bears will be handed out to children they come in contact with while on the job — kids who are having a bad day, children who go through a traumatic event and for police to donate them as a way to build relationships in the community.

“I like that I learned that giving back to the community can be fun if you do it in the right way and have the right people around you,” said Allison Abrams, a member of the youth group.