A bunch of cute Trauma Teddies, lovingly handcrafted by Red Cross volunteers, are bound for the South East to bring comfort and calm to children.

Twenty teddies and 20 woollen squeeze balls will be shared among families with children who have experienced unfathomable challenges in their little lives including loss, grief, and domestic and family violence.

Centacare South East Manager Craig Wood said the teddies would bring much-needed comfort to children.

Since 1990, more than one million Trauma Teddies have found new homes across Australia thanks to 600 dedicated Red Cross volunteers who knit, stuff and stitch them together using a trademark pattern.

Three hundred Trauma Teddies are always kept in reserve, in case of natural disaster, but this year the loyal friends have been in rising demand after the devastating bushfires and the onset of COVID-19.

About 1000 teddies were knitted for the Red Cross by South Australian volunteers and members during the lockdown period.

“Red Cross volunteers are dedicated to knitting and giving trauma teddies to people who need comfort and support in times of crisis,’’ said Emma Little, State Manager, Community Activation and Service Development, Red Cross.

“Through giving these teddies, we hope to give these children love, support and joy during times of difficulty.

“We believe kindness can change peoples’ lives and even the smallest gesture can bring people hope.’’

If you would like to join the army of knitters who craft these cute critters, visit the Red Cross website.