Southport High School and the Top Notch Mafia Car Club played host to a car show Saturday for fallen Southport Police Lt. Aaron Allan, while a Franklin Central graduate was collecting what Allan was known for.
Hailie Brewer of East 40 Auto Club set up a teddy bear drive at the show and collected hundreds of teddy bears.
“I saw that Top Notch Mafia was doing an event for Lt. Allan,” Brewer said. “He was an officer who worked at Franklin Central, where a couple of us in our club graduated from. I mean, we had people who knew him in Beech Grove. He has definitely touched quite a few lives.
“So I decided to get in touch with Top Notch and see if they cared if we had a teddy bear drive. And with the help of a couple local bars and vape shops, this whole thing has just taken off in the last few weeks.”
The teddy bears will go out to police departments so officers can give them out when they encounter children who have gone through traumatic experiences. Brewer made flyers and promoted the drive through social media.
“My ultimate goal is to fill the trunks of Southport (police cars) and have so many that they have to go out to other districts,” Brewer said. “Something that East 40 is going to continue to do is collect teddy bears to help Eastside IMPD and Southside IMPD. I think this is going to be a pretty long-standing project for us.”
The show attracted about 1,000 cars and raised an estimated $10,000 for Allan’s family.