When first responders give a “critter” to a child at a traumatic scene, they are handing them an object of comfort that will help them feel safe. Genisys Credit Union and Cars 108 organized a collection for new/like new stuffed animals for children in distressing situations. “We truly enjoy sponsoring projects like this,” said Jackie Buchanan, Genisys Credit Union president and CEO. “Being able to support the communities we serve is very important to our organization.” The Genesee County Department of Health and Human Services will gather the donated critters, clean and distribute them to first responders to give to children who may be found in devastating situations. Community members were encouraged to drop off new or gently used stuffed animals to select Genisys Credit Union branches. The goal was to collect 2,000 critters — 400 more critters than last year. Cars Critters, together with Genisys Credit Union collected over 3,000 toys. The generosity of the local community has been astounding, Buchanan said.