According to health experts, COVID-19 pandemic has long-term negative impacts on school-aged children. The social distancing, online learning, and heightened stress at home increases the risk of depression or anxiety, delayed learning, and abuse or neglect. This is an even greater likelihood for children with higher risk circumstances like learning or emotional disabilities, family difficulties, or in foster care.
To combat some of these negative impacts, the Indio Sunrise Rotary Club is raising funds to purchase teddy bears that we will give to high-risk Indio elementary and middle school kids. This small gesture will let the children know that they are not alone and that the community cares about them.