Shreveport girl donates 15k stuffed animals

Preteen celebrates Bear Share milestone
Published: Apr. 30, 2018 at 2:39 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 30, 2018 at 4:26 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A Shreveport pre-teen is hitting an unbearably impressive milestone today. Julianna Gouthiere, 11, has donated 15,000 stuffed animals as part of a project she created five years ago called Bear Share.

"It's a big accomplishment for me especially because I never thought I'd get this far," said Gouthiere.

Gouthiere created Bear Share after her mother was in a motorcycle accident. A first responder on the scene of the accident gave her mother a stuffed animal to calm her nerves. "Who knows what they are going through at the moment, being so scared at such a young age."

Over the past five years, Bear Share has donated stuffed animals on over 2 hundred separate occasions to organizations across the country and around the world.

"I just want to know that I'm helping in any way I can," said Gouthiere. "I want to do it for as long as I can and share as much love as possible."

In a very fitting manner, the bears were donated to the Shreveport Fire Department. Gouthiere, who created Bear Share when she was just a 6-year-old, said you're never too young to make a lasting difference in the community.

"I'm still trying to get kids to realize it's never too young and can always help and volunteer," said Gouthiere. "A kid can do anything and it doesn't matter the age, you can do anything for God."

For Gouthiere, this project is just beginning.

"Kids love stuffed animals, so giving them stuffed animals always makes them happier," said Gouthiere. "That's the best thing about it."

Bear Share is part of a non-profit called Geaux Show Love. If you want to make a donation, click here.

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