From Charlestown To CalWORKs, One Toy Company Is Changing The World–With Certified Organic Cotton/Hemp Teddy Bears
It’s been awhile since I’ve discussed what my dad did for almost his entire working career in SE Ohio/Appalachia. He was the director of health and human services for a few of the counties in at-risk poverty areas until he retired a few years ago. I can only imagine the challenges his office faced and I remember when he began the welfare-to-work program in our area. Until age nine, I lived in a village of less than 2,000 people where more than 18% of the population lived below the poverty line and as recent as the 2000 Census, the median income for a household in the village was $25,563. I grew up around poverty and was taught from an early age that hard word, volunteerism, and civic work was part of my responsibility as a human being in order to make my life and those around me better. It made sense that I enjoyed the field of economics and was interested in government work and my experiences as a child still shapes my life today.
Bears For Humanity™ is a California-based company that works with organizations and charities (the California welfare-to-work program known as CalWORKs) in their buy-one-give-one bear philosophy. When you purchase a teddy bear from Bears For Humanity, you have the delightful task of choosing a charity because your purchase instantly doubles as a gift for a child in need! More than that, the cuddly pal (that is eco-friendly and made in the U.S.A.) is personally delivered to a needy veteran’s house, a children’s hospital or an underprivileged household. You can purchase the beautiful stuffed bears in two sizes – 16” Premium Bear ($39.99) and 7” Baby Bear (19.99).
Can A Teddy Bear Change The World?
Choose a Charity that benefits when you purchase a Bears For Humanity pal:
- Toys for Tots
- Expect Miracles Foundation
- Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
- One Simple Wish
- Save the Children
- Semper Fi
Our family (in a nod to my husband and his father who are Veterans) chose to support the Semper Fi Fund through the Bears for Humanity Program. The Semper Fi Fund provides lifetime support to post 9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families, ensuring that they have the resources they need during their recovery and transition back to their communities. Since establishing the Semper Fi Fund in 2004, they have issued more than 97,500 grants, totaling more than $113 million in assistance to over 14,400 of our heroes and their families.
Bears For Humanity pals are the only 100% Certified Organic Cotton/ Hemp teddy bears in the world so they are luxuriously soft. They are also naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic which gives parents the peace of mind they don’t get from polyester plush toys. The larger of the two buy-one/give-one organic teddy bears boast poseable limbs for snugglier hugs. You can choose from five colorful characters:
- Sammie—iconic beige
- Snugglie—chocolate brown
This amazing company is doing great things for kids in need with wonderful, eco-friendly products. A company this good deserves some new fans, so friend them today!
Bears For Humanity also makes non-jointed 7” baby bears ($19.99) and assortment of accessories for the Premium Bears.
Check it out! Link to this video of the two founders and their kids as they talk about what they’re doing, they’re mission and their bears. Awesome!
List Price: $ 39.99