|Posted by Jessica on September 10, 2017 at 2:05 PM||comments (2)|
Thank you to everyone who has reached out to make sure we are safe. Hurricane Irma is pounding Florida right now, but we are positioned just above Orlando in the middle of the state so are pretty safe. We have made all the preparation we can so now it's just a matter of waiting out the storm. We are blessed our home is well built and safe, many are not so lucky and shelters have open at my school, Apopka High School and at Apopka Middle school. I know the kids must be very scared at the shelters so I took 10 bags of bears to the high school and 4 bags of bears to the middle school (it wasn't nearly as full).
Stay safe everyone.
|Posted by Jessica on July 28, 2017 at 8:50 PM||comments (1)|
I feel like it has taken me a while to get We Care Bears off the ground in Florida - but slow and steady wins the race...or at least that's what my Dad says.
But, today I want to thank everyone at Tampa Fire Department. I was so happy to be able to donate 14 bags of We Care Bears....that's more than 100 stuffed animals destined for the arms of kids in unbearable situations.
|Posted by Jessica on April 30, 2017 at 10:50 AM||comments (0)|
Look what came in the mail yesterday!!! It was such a surprise. I love Disney and receiving a Disney Dreamers and Doers Award is really special. Moving to Florida has been hard, starting my work here has been hard, I don’t know anyone and no one has really heard of We Care Bears. But I’m working hard to change that.
I love my work, and helping kids when they are at their most vulnerable. I haven’t been doing a great job of keeping my website updated, but summer is coming and I won’t have homework, so I’ll keep you all much more updated then. But until then, I have a couple of big donations, PROMISE I’ll take pictures (or mom will) and update the website!
|Posted by Jessica on March 3, 2017 at 4:45 PM||comments (1)|
Life here is Florida has been very different than San Diego. I’m taking all advanced placement classes in my last year of Middle School, was invited to BETA Club, and have been accepted into the Engineering Program at high school. BUT We Care Bears is still going strong.
Today I had the pleasure of donating 100 stuffed animals to Ms. Edwards. Ms. Edwards visits local nursing homes and gives stuffed animals to the residents. She said that they enjoy the stuffed animals as much as kids do and they find them very therapeutic.
I got the stuffed animals prepared before school today and mom forgot to get a picture but I’ll as Ms. Edwards if she could take a picture of one of the residents with one for you guys.
|Posted by Jessica on October 24, 2016 at 9:50 PM||comments (0)|
Make A Difference Day is ONE day of service that keeps giving. Today we were able to donate 20 bags of We Care Bears to Apopka Police and Apopka Fire Departments. It was so nice to get to meet everyone, even the Major of Apopka came out.
Thank you so much to Wolf Lake Middle School, Wolf Lake Elementary School, the Beta Club and their advisors, Principal Grimando, Major Kilsheimer, and everyone from Apopka Police and Fire who came out today.
I can't wait to see what life has in store for me in Apopka...I think it's going to be pretty amazing.
I hope you all enjoyed Make A Difference Day as much as I did....looking forward to next year!!!
|Posted by Jessica on October 22, 2016 at 7:10 PM||comments (0)|
This is only the first month I've been at my new school so I really didn't know if a Make A Difference Day Bear Drive or Bagging Event would be sucessful at all BUT BOY WAS IT.
Between Wolf Lake Middle School and Wolfe Lake Elementary School there were 250 stuffed animals donated. That's incredible.
But you know what was even MORE incredible.....our Make A Difference Day Bagging Event. We were able to sort, bag and tag more 550 stuffed animals and created 75 bags of stuffed animals that wil go to first responders all over Orange County, Florida. There may not have been a lot of us this event, be were mighty, and efficient and together WE MADE A DIFFERENCE.
|Posted by Jessica on October 21, 2016 at 8:55 PM||comments (0)|
Wolf Lake Middle School ROCKED their first ever Make A Difference Day Bear Drive. In one short week they collected 230 brand new stuffed animals - I'm so proud of my new school.
Tomorrow is Make A Difference Day and we'll be tagging and bagging all of these stuffed animals. On Monday, we'll present them to the local first responders.
|Posted by Jessica on September 15, 2016 at 5:55 PM||comments (0)|
We Care Bears is making some big changes.....HUGE.....
We've moved. My Dad took a job in Florida so right after the Share Your Care event in Orange County, California my Mom and I hit the road for our new home in Orange Country, FLORIDA.
Nothing is changing with my project at all. I will continue to work hard to make sure that no child is scared or injured without a stuffed animal to huggle. I still maintian the goal of ensuring that every first response vehicle across the country, and organization that deals with kids in hard places, have a supply of We Care Bears tor the kids they serve.
If you are in California, I will continue to ship bears to you when you request them, just let me know and I'll have a box on the way...you just won't see my bright smiley face so often.
|Posted by Jessica on September 9, 2016 at 5:15 PM||comments (0)|
Today is National Share Your Care Day.
It was my pleasure to partner with Care Bears as their Caring Ambassador for 2016. At their core, Care Bears have heart and are all about love, caring and sharing with others. Care Bears also support charities around the world that help families in need, including We Care Bears. With the help of Care Bears and in honor of Share Your Care Day today I was able to donate 500 Care Bears to Orange County Fire Department for their Sparks of Love campaign. You can read more about it HERE.
Working with everyone at American Greetings Enterainment has been amazing. They are so kind and I am blessed that they saw the good in my work...and didn't sue me for having a name so close to theirs.
How did you Share Your Care today?
|Posted by Jessica on July 18, 2016 at 6:00 PM||comments (1)|
Wow do I have a lot to share with you.
A few weeks ago I got an e-mail from American Greetings Entertainment. American Greetings Entertainment owns Care Bears. My Mom wasn’t sure I should name my project We Care Bears because of the Care Bears but we are careful to never show a Care Bear in a We Care Bears bag and we never take a picture with anyone holding a Care Bear, but still…you never how a big company will handle such a similar name.
But this e-mail was different. They heard about We Care Bears from their legal department and instead of forcing me to change my name or suing me they said they loved my project, it aligned with their company’s core values and asked me to be a #ShareYourCare Ambassador.
Did you know that September 9th is National Share Your Care Day? The goal is to do something, big or small, on that day to show someone you care. I tell that to kids in all my speeches….even something as small as holding the door open for someone can make their day.
So last week I flew to New York and met the great people at American Greetings Entertain and even got the chance to speak at their event at the #BloggerBash.
I love New York City so over the next few days I’m going to share some of the fun things I got to do on this trip.
Thank you again to everyone for trusting me to be an Ambassador for such a great cause, inviting me to New York City, and most of all, for not suing me!!