Lafayette

Dec 23, 2010 11:10 PM by Maddie Garrett

Troopers Grant Special Christmas Wish

A little girl who lost both of her parents in a motorcycle accident is getting a special gift this Chrismas, from an unexpected place.

When State Police responded to a deadly motorcycle accident in October, they found out the victims had left a little girl behind, Shaylan Richard. And Thursday they wanted to give her something special this Christmas."

"When the cops said they wanted to do this for Shaylan it was like, oh my God, just very speechless and heart taken," said Shaylan's grandmother Holly Castille.

A visit from Santa and a mountain of toys to unwrap is what every child would wish for. But for 40year-old Shaylan, it was more than just a wish.

"It's important because it keeps her mind off of depressed moments," said Castille.

Shaylan's parents, Roderick and Amber Richard, were killed in an accident in October. And the very troopers who responded to the crash were there Thursday to give Shaylan a special day.

"And just to be able to see her smile with everything she has been through at such a young age, it's kind of relieving," said LSP Trooper David Anderson.

It was all part of the LSP's Grant A Wish Program.

"We just want her to know that the troopers around here will always be there for her," he said.

Also with her today were her grandmothers, and two angels watching over Shaylan.

"I think they're both here with her," said grandmother Cindy Richard.

Grandmothers Cindy and Holly say they feel the presence of her parents, especially since today would have been her father's 26th birthday.

"I think my son, with it being his birthday, that they're both proud right now, very proud knowing their daughter is being taken care of and she's happy," said Cindy.

The LSP's Grant a Wish Program is funded entirely by donations, sometimes from the troopers themselves.

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