The efforts of the Whitewater Valley Harley Owners Group of Richmond are making visits to the JACY House a little more "bearable" for youngsters receiving assistance there.

The group donated more than 80 Harley-Davidson bears and other stuffed animals to the JACY House.

JACY House executive director Maureen Santillo and Richmond Harley-Davidson Center owner Louise Shade were part of the official donation presentation.

JACY stands for Justice and Advocacy Center for Youth, and its one of about 14 similar centers around Indiana where alleged victims of child abuse can be interviewed in a friendly, non-threatening atmosphere.

The JACY House is a partnership between the Wayne County Office of Family Services and Children, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and local law enforcement. Since it opened in 2003, the house has offered a kid-friendly, toy-filled environment for several hundred recorded interviews with victims of alleged sexual abuse.

The HOG Group also donated office supplies to the organization. This is the second delivery of bears to the JACY House this year by the owners’ group.

To learn more about the Harley Owners Group and its charitable efforts to assist many organizations, contact the Harley-Davidson Center at 2240 Chester Blvd. in Richmond or call (765) 962-0596.

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