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In-Kind Donations

Since 1997, children and families around the world have made furry friends and memories at Build-A-Bear Workshop. Our mission is to “add a little more Heart Illustration to life” and we strive to live it every day. From welcoming a new baby home, to the first day of school, to blowing out candles on the birthday cake, our furry friends have been right there by children’s sides. They have also given hugs after a scraped knee or a visit to the doctor. When a child is sick, scared or lonely and reaches for their teddy bear, Build-A-Bear is there.

We believe in the power of hugs and the simple comfort of having a furry friend by your side, and we believe the joy of a teddy bear hug can make a difference. By providing teddy bear hugs to children who need them most, Build-A-Bear can help share hugs and comfort with those in need.

About Our Donations

We can accommodate donation requests of 200 to 1,000 furry friends. All donated furry friends are stuffed, stitched and ready to hug.

Donations are granted to organizations that most closely align with our mission on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot guarantee a specific style, and we are not able to donate the following: customized items, licensed products, coupons, promotional cards, gift cards, in-store parties/experiences, off-site events, unstuffed or unstitched furry friends, personalized tees, clothing, accessories, satin hearts, cub condos or other non-furry friend items.

Recipient organization must be a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization as defined by IRS Code 501(c)(3) or a registered charity in Canada and the United Kingdom. Recipient organization must serve an area within 50 miles of a Build-A-Bear Workshop store. Donated bears must directly support children in programs that promote Build-A-Bear’s mission. We are unable to provide donations to individuals, families, fundraisers, raffles or auctions.

Our donation application is currently closed, and we are unable to accept requests at this time. We invite you to check back at a later date. In the meantime, you can learn more about Build-A-Bear donations and requirements by reviewing our Charitable Giving FAQs.

Legal Notice

Build-A-Bear reserves the right to grant or deny an organization’s application or participation at any time, for any reason, and to supplement or amend the Donation Guidelines at any time and without notice. Selections are made at the sole discretion of Build-A-Bear and are not subject to external review. Product cannot be returned or exchanged for credit. By completing the Build-A-Bear donation application, your organization agrees to these conditions.

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