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Charitable Giving

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Since 1997, children and families around the world have made furry friends and memories at Build-A-Bear Workshop. Our corporate mission is to “Add a little more Heart Illustration to life” and we live it every day. From the first day of school to blowing out candles on the birthday cake, our furry friends have been right there. They also have 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.

COVID-19 RESPONSE

Build-A-Bear Foundation seeks to add a little more Heart Illustration to life by sharing hugs and making days a little bit brighter for those in need. Our hearts are with everyone impacted by COVID-19 as we navigate this extraordinary time together. We firmly believe in the importance of the comfort and security that furry friend can provide during stressful times and we are committed to our mission to add a little more heart to life.

Build-A-Bear Foundation is honored to support relief efforts around the world, with a focus on St. Louis, MO, home to World BearQuarters, Columbus, OH, site of the BearHouse, and London, UK, the location of Build-A-Bear Europe. We are also committed to donating at least 50,000 teddy bears in 2020.

We have purchased more than 120,000 protective masks for healthcare workers in these communities as well as donated funds to the St. Louis Community Foundation, the Columbus Foundation, the American Red Cross, and Baby2Baby in support of their COVID-19 relief efforts.

We invite you to:

  • Learn more about Build-A-Bear Foundation
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  • Donate to support our ongoing relief efforts
  • WAYS WE GIVE

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    CHARITABLE INITIATIVES

    Build-A-Bear Foundation

    Build-A-Bear Foundation

    Build-A-Bear believes in the power of hugs and the simple comfort of having a furry friend by your side. Build-A-Bear Foundation seeks to add a little more Heart Illustration to life by sharing hugs and making days a little bit brighter for those in need.

    Canine Companions for Independence

    Canine Companions for Independence

    We’re helping to raise a puppy for Canine Companions for Independence! Follow Heartley’s journey as he learns to become an assistance dog and a best friend to his human partner!

    National Teddy Bear Day

    National Teddy Bear Day

    In recognition of National Teddy Bear Day, Build-A-Bear has donated nearly 65,000 teddy bears since 2016. Donations were made to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, Childhood First, the NSPCC, and other children’s charities in the UK.

    American Red Cross

    American Red Cross

    Build-A-Bear is honored to partner with the American Red Cross to give much-needed hugs to children affected by natural disasters.

    Bear Hugs

    Bear Hugs

    To celebrate 20 years and more than 160 MILLION furry friends, Build-A-Bear Foundation brought BEAR HUGS to children around the country by donating 20,000 teddy bears to children’s hospitals.

    Southwest Airlines

    Southwest Airlines

    Southwest Airlines Co. and Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc., took teddy bear hugs to new heights in celebration of National Teddy Bear Day, which occurs each year on September 9. Together, Southwest® and Build-A-Bear are teamed up to donate 20,000 Build-A-Bear teddy bears to 36 children’s hospitals that are recipients of the airline’s Medical Transportation Grant Program, as well as Southwest charitable partners: Make-A-Wish® and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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