Stuffed with Hugs?
Stuffed with Hugs?, a Build-A-Bear Workshop® charitable program, is now in its eighth year of helping kids around the world by providing teddy bears to children in need of a hug. Since Stuffed with Hugs began in 2001, more than 325,000 donations have been made to community organizations around the world including children?s hospitals, firefighters and police officers, the USO, UNICEF, Ronald McDonald House Charities, American Red Cross, children in foster and adoptive care organizations, children?s health and wellness initiatives, children?s literacy organizations and humane education programs.
Build-A-Bear Workshop also conducts Stuffed with Hugs events in response to natural disaster situations such as hurricanes and floods to bring children in need of a hug some special comfort.
In February of 2009, Build-A-Bear Workshop stores in Melbourne, Australia invited 350 school children from Mount Scopus Memorial College to make bears for free to be donated to children affected by the Victorian Bushfires.
The children from Mount Scopus delivered the bears with the assistance of Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Builders to students displaced from Maryville Primary School, Middle Kinglake Primary School, and Strathewen Primary School. Each bear included a hand-written letter of condolence and encouragement for the brave youngsters whose schools were destroyed by the Black Saturday bushfire which was the worst blaze in the country?s history.
In addition to the donation of bears, the Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation committed to grant $1,000 to the American Red Cross to assist with the Victorian Bushfire relief efforts.