Published: May 27, 2013 5:04 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A motorcycle group dedicated to raising awareness of bike safety is helping out local children. ABATE of southwest Florida hosted its annual Bears for Bears drive.

Stuffed animals collected were given to the Lee County Sheriff's Office. Deputies will then give those animals to children who are caught in traumatic situations. 

"When they show up at a home, the small children that are available there at the time, it helps quiet them down, calm them down a little bit, makes them a little friendly with the sheriffs department," said ABATE of SWFL's president Wayne Cerra.

People were able to drop the animals off for the past few months, at different locations in Lee County.