About Project BEAR

Project B.E.A.R

Bringing Empty Arms Reprieve
Project BEAR gives teddy bears to anyone grieving the loss of a baby. Bears are donated to hospitals and are given out by the hospital staff - sometimes a chaplain, grief counselor or labor & delivery nurse. Bears are also sent to individuals who have asked for them.

We now also offer bears for families with babies in the NICU and those who are struggling with infertility.

There is no charge for the bears and anyone can get a bear just by using our online form. (Although we do have various options & priority status if you donate.) It doesn't matter the type of loss (miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death, TFMR) or how long ago the loss. Anyone grieving the loss of a baby is welcome to have a bear. However, we can only send one free bear per family in the USA. 

Project BEAR is a 501c3 non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible.

Who We Are

Dola Spering

Founder and Director
I am Dola, the founder and owner of Project BEAR, mother of Jeremiah (2008) and Vincent (2009). I also experienced an early miscarriage in 2003. I have three living children; Kaitlin, Anthony and my rainbow, Chase.

I taught high school chemistry and biology for 18 years before deciding to leave teaching to work on Project BEAR full time.
I feel blessed to help bring comfort to others who have experienced the loss of a baby or who struggle with infertility. I truly believe that God can use these teddy bears to bring comfort and healing in a way that only He can and I am so thankful that He is using me.

Katherine (Katie) Traynor

Hospital Liaison
Hello everyone! My name is Katie, and I am the newest member of the Project BEAR administrative team. Currently, I’m in my final semester at Arcadia University; I’m majoring in public health with a minor in healthcare administration. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to join this community and to help foster a sense of affinity and support.

What drew me to this organization was my proximity to the cause. I am the surviving child of a vanishing twin, and since I could understand this loss, the only place my sibling lived was in an intangible place in my mind. Project BEAR offers a type of support my family could have only dreamed of back in 2000; with solace, I look forward to helping bring empty arms reprieve.

Our Board Members

Tammy Medley

Board Member
My name is Tammy and although I am not new to Project BEAR’s mission, I am new to the board. I am excited to be taking on this role and see the amazing journey Project BEAR will take in its future. I, myself, have experienced loss in the form of 4 miscarriages. I found it reassuring that there were others out there with whom I could talk who understood what I went through. Having that connection is so important to processing grief. I love that Project BEAR’s platform allows people going through similar situations to connect with one another.

As far as my professional background, I have worked in healthcare for the past 21 years, on the back end of the business; mainly in billing. I am married to my husband of 8 years and we live with our two cats – Abby and Little One.

Your Support Matters

Join us as we offer hope to those who need it most

Bringing awareness to the reality of infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth, and neonatal death.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~Jer 29:11
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