Treasured keepsake bears made from your loved one’s clothing

Treasured Bears evolved from three personal tragedies.

In December 2003, my father, Glenn, died from a debilitating illness. Five months later on May 4, 2004, my 15-year old son, Scott, died in his sleep. Almost exactly two years later, in May 2006, my best friend's 16-year old daughter, Hannah, died in a horrific car crash.

For Christmas 2006, I made my first bear for my mom out of one of my dad's shirts. This was followed by a bear for my daughter's 21st birthday out of Scott's shirts. I then surprised my friend and her daughter with bears for the first anniversary of Hannah's death.

Besides having fun creating the bears, I saw what a source of comfort they have been to the recipients. I decided to offer my services to others and established Treasured Bears. It is my goal to donate half of what I earn to one of my favorite charities. Since 2007, I have purchased a water buffalo, heifers, llamas, goats, sheep, pigs, and other animals through Heifer International for needy families.

This website honors all those who have died and whose memories live on in the bears I create.

Read Living Life Like Scott to learn more about my son Scott and how he inspires us to live life with compassion, forgiveness, encouragement, grace, and love. The book is available in paperback and Kindle on

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