|Posted by Jessica on April 28, 2015 at 4:45 AM||comments (0)|
Welcome to my first ever ONLINE Bear Drive!!
I recently got a request for teddy bears. Easy I thought, so I headed to bear central and started gathering up all the teddy bears I had and you know what?....I don't really have that many teddy bears. I have lots of stuffed animals but ACTUAL teddy bears...not many.
So I thought an online bear drive could work! AND I've found some great bears! So if you'd like to help on this mission to ensure 30 kids have a soft bears to huggle at a time when they are going to be very sad and scared please consider ordering a bear.
If you live near an Ikea they have these beary cute Brumma bears for just $9.99.
You can get this cutie at Target for just $9.99
A HUGE bonus is that Target has free shipping on orders over $25 so if you order three you can ship them FREE.
Gund has this adorable bear -
And Build A Bear always has cute bears for $12.
There are so many really cute options I hope you'll consider joining us in making this Online Bear Drive a HUGE success.
To save time and money you can have the bears shipped directly to the We Care Bears project at
We Care Bears
C/O Shay Realty
10550 Craftsman Way #184
San Diego, CA 92127
Or if you'd like to donate but want us to do the shopping for you, you can do that HERE:
Thanks so much for helping me make this drive a giant success.
|Posted by Jessica on April 20, 2015 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
This Weekend was Global Youth Service Day(s) and while I didn't plan a big project I did get the chance to make a very special delivery.
In December Ms. Jones' class at Stone Ranch Elementary donated the most adorable handmade teddy bears. Students worked hard to create these bears, picking out unique fabrics, naming them and even embroidering cute faces on by hand. Each of these bears was perfect and made with such love I knew I wanted to find some place extra special and thanks to a referral I found that place....Gently Hugged. Gently Hugged provides boxes of clothing to families of infants in hard places. Each box contains enough clothing to make it through the first year, along with blankets, board books and now a sweet, baby safe teddy bear.
Big bear hugs to Ms. Jones and her students at Stone Ranch, Ms. Judy at Gently Hugged and Ms. Lisa.
|Posted by Jessica on April 14, 2015 at 7:55 PM||comments (0)|
Today is Tuesday....poor Tuesday's get no respect. Nothing really special about Tuesday except maybe that it's not Monday because while Tuesday gets no respect, everyone HATES Monday.
But today Tuesday was AMAZING!!! Look what the Principal of my school gave me today.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Certificate of Excellence and the President's Volunteer Service Award along with a letter from the President.
My school and school, Principal Currigan, all the teachers, and the district are pretty fantastic They are so supportive of me and my project and I can't thank everyone enough.
|Posted by Jessica on March 24, 2015 at 10:55 PM||comments (0)|
I love my project. It's a lot of work, it takes up a lot of room and costs a lot of money but I LOVE IT. I get to travel, I get to help kids and adults, and I get to meet great people, people who put their lives on the line every day to help and protect us. I know by talking to fire fighters and police officers that it makes a difference. Having a stuffed animal makes their jobs easier and brings comfort to scared or injured children. It makes a difference to the child that receives a We Care Bear, they have something to huggle during a really scary time. It makes a difference to the parents, they are calmer when their child is calmer. It makes a difference to the kids that participate in bear drives or bagging events, young people instinctively know what a big difference having a stuffed animal makes when they are scared or injured. I've had seven surgeries, during the last 5 I have always taken my favorite stuffed animal with me and when I look around at kids in the waiting room or in the hospital I see kids with stuffed animals to comfort them too. It makes a difference to people who buy my bear drive kits, it makes a difference to those that sponsor their local first responders by having a box of We Care Bears sent directly to them, it makes a difference!
Sometimes I get notes from parents after a child has received a stuffed animal from We Care Bears and when they give me permission I share those notes. I love those notes and I'm always happy to hear that the stuffed animal helped AND the child is well. But this week was the first time I have ever gotten a note from a first responder after they handed out We Care Bear(s). It was AMAZING to hear from Lt. John from the Sheriff's department.
"Recently we received a delivery of several stuffed animals intended to “comfort kids inunBEARable situations.” Tonight we had the need to share two of the stuffed animals. Wewere forced to take two small children into protective custody while their mother works out some issues she has with the court system. The children were very happy and instantlycomforted when one of my deputies gave them each a stuffed animal. I thought you would like to know. Thank you for your hard work and for making our hard work easier."
Thank you so much Lt. John for sharing your story with me and I am so glad that your deputies had the tools they needed to help these kids feel comforted. Stay safe!
Big Bear Hugs,
|Posted by Jessica on February 26, 2015 at 12:40 PM||comments (0)|
We are so happy to announce that we have partnered with Bravelets to bring you some amazing Be Brave jewelry. Give that special person in your life a daily reminder of how brave you think they are, how brave you know they can be and the encouragement to keep being brave!!
Shop here and support We Care Bears:
|Posted by Jessica on February 25, 2015 at 11:20 PM||comments (1)|
Saturday I had the amazing honor of attending the Charlotte Bacon Act Of Kindness Awards.
The Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Awards Ceremony is the premiere program by Newtown Kindness. It takes place each year in Newtown, CT on the weekend around Charlotte Bacon's birthday, which is February 22nd. At this gala event the Newtown Kindness organization celebrates Charlotte’s life and recognizes the very best of the countless stories of Acts of Kindness by children received from around the globe. This year I was honored to be among the 10 finalists. There were also about 30 medalists honored at the event and an Honored School in Iowa. This was an incredibly heartfelt and inspirational evening. Charlotte's physical life may have ended during that horrible day in Newtown but this event shows that her spirit and love live on in a big way!!
Newtown Kindness encourages kids to think kindly and act boldly, to this end they have created the Nice Bucket Challenge.
The Nice Bucket Challenge encourages everyone to download a Nice Bucket card (download HERE) then perform at least one act of kindness during the month of February and take a picture with your pledge card. Tag three friends and use the hashtag #kindnessmonth on your social media pages. The goal is to fill a virtual Nice Bucket with 10,000 acts of kindness during February. I know we closing in on the end of February but I'd still encourage you to download the pledge card and post your act of kindness. If we keep the acts going through March and the entire year that cannot be a bad thing!!
Thank you so much to everyone at Newtown Kindness for inviting me and for thinking my project was worthy of an award. Ohhh, and the trophy has a pink star on the top...it is AMAZING.
|Posted by Jessica on February 20, 2015 at 9:45 PM||comments (1)|
It has been a dream of mine to take the We Care Bears Project to New York City and today was the first step in making that dream come true!!
Today I had a meeting with Inspector Ellen Chang- Commanding officer, Community Affairs Division, Cheif Vega. Lieutenant John Mangan, Officer Laura Colwell...and more...I'm so sorry I don't remember all the names...and I hope I was able to present my project well enough to convince them that We Care Bears would be good tool to have in all of their police vehicles. It's a HUGE challenge - first to get through all the people who need to approve having the project and THEN to collect the bears needed to supply them. But I am UP FOR THE CHALLENGE and so excited to get the opportunity to even present my project to everyone.
Then I got to spend the day with Ms. Laura and Mr. John. We had pizza in Brooklyn - it really was the best pizza ever, and I'm not just saying that because John said I had to and he carries a gun, it really was delicious. Then we went to visit the 6th Precinct. It is especially cool because it has a little museum in the lobby and is home to a bomb squad!! PLUS they have bomb dogs that are so well trained.
We finished the day with a drive through Central Park - it was all covered in snow (did I mention it is really, really, cold?) and so pretty.
Tomorrow we are driving to Newtown, CT for the Charlotte Bacon Acts of Kindness Awards. They will be streaming the award ceremony LIVE! If you'd like to watch sign on 5 minutes prior to 4pm EST on 2/21! at: http://ustre.am/1lYOA
|Posted by Jessica on February 11, 2015 at 11:20 AM||comments (0)|
I completely forgot to thank Ms. Stacy Moore from the Hi Desert Star for taking time out of her Sunday to come talk to me about the donation to San Bernardino Fire. Ms. Stacy and I talked for a very long time and she was so nice. Here is the article she wrote!! Thanks so much Ms. Stacy.
And don't forget you can vote once a day HERE for a finalist in each category of the Jefferson Awards. I was so honored to be a finalist in the Health & Wellness category but I know that I can't win a voting contest. I also know that when people work together even the smallest can be mighty so I am asking all my supporters to please vote for my friend Isabella of Be A Buddy, Not A Bully in the Healthy & Wellness category and my friend Nicholas in the Hunger and Poverty category with Gotta Have Sole. They are both amazing friends with amazing projects and together we push them over the finish line!!
|Posted by Jessica on February 9, 2015 at 8:05 PM||comments (0)|
Today I have had the GREAT honor of being nominated as one of the TOP 15 projects for the Lead360 MAXIMUM IMPACT contest. This is a voting contest and I know that I can NOT win a voting contest BUT what I do want to do is encourage you all to vote for two of my great friends Nicholas Lowinger of Gotta Have Sole in the Hunger & Poverty category and Isabella Griffin of Be A Buddy Not A Bully in the Health & Wellness category they need your help.
I think if my supporters combine with their supporters we can make a GIANT impact. Please vote once per day per category until voting closes at Midnight on Sunday, February 15th.