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Famous Dave’s barbecue restaurants are teaming up with Arizona law enforcement officers to give some comfort to kids caught in the middle of tragedy.

Drop off a new stuffed animal to any Valley Famous Dave’s location through April 7, and you’ll get one free two-meat combination lunch meal, while supplies last. East Valley restaurants are at 3250 W. Frye Road, Chandler; 2206 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert; and 1011 N. Dobson Road, Mesa.

The toy drive benefits Arizona Highway Patrol Association, which uses new stuffed animals — nicknamed “Comfort Bears” — to help comfort children impacted by trauma. The stuffed toys are usually kept in the trunks of law enforcement vehicles, so officers can immediately use them to help console children in the midst of scary circumstances.

“Car accidents, domestic abuse situations and violent crime impact everyone, and when there’s children involved, the ramifications are especially difficult,” said AHPA president Sgt. Jimmy Chavez in a statement. “The supply of comfort bears has dwindled to a level never seen by the AHPA and the need is greater than ever.”

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