The Carline family, of Prairieville, donated on Jan. 21 hundreds of stuffed bears to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office as part of the “Claire Bear” campaign honoring their daughter Claire Carline, who was killed in an early December car crash, a news release from the Sheriff’s Office said.
Claire and her two sisters were traveling to school when another car slammed head-on into the girls’ car. Claire was pronounced dead on the scene and her two sisters suffered multiple injuries, the release said.
After Claire’s death, the family asked friends to donate teddy bears instead of flowers in honor of Claire, who loved teddy bears and was often called “Claire Bear.”
The Claire Bear campaign received more than 1,700 teddy bears, and the family was overjoyed by the response from the community, the release said.
Troy and Lisa Carline, the girls’ parents, met with Sheriff Jeff Wiley and expressed that they wanted to spread Claire’s love with others through her love of teddy bears, the release said.
The Carlines said deputies could offer “children a little bit of comfort during those sad and scary times that children sometimes have to face,” the release said.
“It is our profession to investigate acts of violence, but it is also our job to make sure we bring comfort to children in those difficult times,” Wiley said. “By handing out these teddy bears to those in need, it will add comfort to those who may have been abused or scared of the unknowing.
“Sometimes for children, not only hugging a teddy bear brings comfort in those complex times but conveys love and warmth,” he added.
APSO thanked everyone who donated a teddy bear to the Carline family and also thanked the Carline family for considering “the APSO family to carry on Claire’s love of teddy bears,” the release said.