|Posted by Jessica on January 18, 2015 at 10:55 PM||comments (0)|
Wow girls, GREAT JOB. Today we had an amazing Bear Bagging Event put together by Daisy Troop #63004. They had a bear drive at their school and invited all the troops in their service unit to the Bear Bagging Event - there were about 100 girls there and they made about 100 bags of bears!!
The highlight of the day, besides getting a chance to meet so many great girls, was getting to meet some of the guys from Ventura County Fire Department who picked up 70 bags of We Care Bears and took time to show everyone their fire trucks.
Thanks to all the Girl Scouts and parents who showed up to help today, way to SHARE THE CARE.
If your scout troop, civic organization or school would like to have a Bear Bagging Event use the Contact tab and let us get you on the schedule.
|Posted by Jessica on January 17, 2015 at 11:00 PM||comments (0)|
Today I got to visit the Beverly Hills Police Department. It was such a busy weekend so I'm very glad they allowed me drop off bears on a Saturday and incredibly surprised that Chief Snowden came in to meet me. Beverly Hills Police Department has a reputation for being very professional and providing service above and beyond the call of duty and they sure showed that today.
Everyone was so nice and gave me a tour of their building. They have an awesome crime lab like Abby's on NCIS, and a cool control room that they can use in case of earth quakes or emergencies...they used it for the Golden Globes...it has dozens of computers and video monitors and allows multiple agencies to be in one room working together.
I also got to see the firing range and even the swat vehicles. The Beverly Hills Police Department was amazing. I'm so glad that they now have 30 bags of We Care Bears to add to the tools of their trade!
Thanks to everyone at BHPD and Cheif Snowden for the American Girl gift certificate and all of the other cool stuff...I LOVE the hat.
|Posted by Jessica on January 16, 2015 at 11:20 PM||comments (0)|
Today I had the day off of school and was so honored to be asked to the 186th Street School in Gardena California.
This is their 10th Annual Peace March and it was so amazing. All the classes create a different theme for peace and walk around the block their school is on. I got to release the Peace Doves along with two new friends and to speak to 5th grade students.
186th Street Elementary School is a Peace First Showcase School, where all teachers in the school teach the Peace First curriculum and students learn about peacemaking all year long. They have been partners with Peace First for many years and are a really wonderful community. All the kids I spoke to were active peace makers in their school and community.
Mrs. Reed, the Principal, was so kind. She loved her school and she was so proud of everyone there. Her excitement not only for education but for students who strive to make a more peaceful campus and world was contagious and Mrs. Cara Pfeiffer, the Peace First Liaison, was amazing. She arranged a lunch with the schools Peace Ambassadors who help promote peace on the playground and in school.
It was a busy day but so much fun. Thanks to all the students, staff and parent volunteers at 186th Street for being so kind and welcoming.
|Posted by Jessica on January 1, 2015 at 2:30 AM||comments (1)|
Today wraps up an amazing trip to San Francisco!!
Yesterday I had the great honor to donate 20 bags of We Care Bears to the San Francisco Fire Department. Chief Joanne Hayes-White and everyone in the department was so nice to me.
After I took the bags to them they gave me a giant bag of Ghirardelli chocolate AND had arranged for ice cream at Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop....it is so delicious. The manager, Chris, use to live in San Diego!! We talked for a while and he had another giant bag of all kinds of chocolate for me....how did they know I was a chocaholic?
Then it was on to take a ride on the fire boat....that was AMAZING! The thing was it was a very cold and windy day and the water was so choppy but the firemen were great and the views of the city from the boat were amazing. That fire boat we were on, the Phoenix, singlehandedly saved the Marina District after the earthquake in 1989. The Phoenix is the departments smallest boat - small but mighty...just like me!!
TODAY I was lucky enough to be able to donate 50 bags of We Care Bears to the San Francisco Police Department.
What a fantastic way to be able to end the new year. I got the meet Chief Suhr and Deputy Chief Lyn Tomioka. Officer Padmore was amazingly gracious. He took us all on a tour of the Hall of Justice, I think that is such a great name!! and gave all kinds of SFPD stuff. I can't wait to wear my new jersey...the police department made sure to tell me that they beat the fire department in their football game :-)
Thank you to everyone at both SFPD and SFFD....I really felt so loved and I can't wait to get the chance to come back to visit you all and your city again.
All in all it was a remarkable way to end 2014 on a high note and I just can't wait to see what 2015 brings.
If you know a fire department or police department that would like bags of We Care Bears for their vehicles please let me know!!!
|Posted by Jessica on December 31, 2014 at 12:30 AM||comments (0)|
Today I got to take We Care Bears to Monterey California.
I dropped off 12 bags of We Care Bears to Monterey Fire Department and CalFire. I loved being able to see the city of Monterey and especially the aquarium.
Thank You So Much to everyone at Monterey Fire, CalFire and especially Chief Panholzer! I can't wait to deliver to you all again.
|Posted by Jessica on December 21, 2014 at 12:45 AM||comments (1)|
It has been the most WONDERFUL few days...
It has been a dream of mine for a long time to go to New York City and talk about my project on the Today Show and IT HAPPENED!!! (If you missed it you can see it HERE)
IT WAS AMAZING. Kathie Lee and Hoda were so so nice to me. Kathie Lee and David Freedman wrote a song and real Broadway star sang it, her name was Laura Osnes. She was in Grease, and South Pacific and Cinderella and lots of things, she was really amazing. I got to look around the studio and the Orange Room (it's smaller than you think it is). Kohl's Cares and Vermont Teddy Bear donated 100 stuffed animals to We Care Bears...my Dad was panicked about how we were going to take them on the plane but they are mailing them to us...and at the end they sent us to dinner at Ellen's Stardust Diner and to see Matilda on Broadway.
Ellen's Stardust Diner was incredible!! Deepak and everyone who works there was so nice to me, they had a whole basket full of things for my project. The waiters and waitresses sing the whole time. If you've seen a Broadway Show or a touring Broadway Show you have probably seen someone that worked at Ellen's. It was such a fun meal and they really made me feel so special - thank you everyone.
Then it was off to see Matilda. Matilda was great. It made me laugh so much. The funniest part was that Christopher Sieber played MISS Trunchbull. He was hilarious and had great legs.
I got to do so many amazing things in New York....we had lunch in China Town
And saw the tree...
and because we missed our flight home I got to go skating at Rockefeller Plaza
New York was everything I thought it would be and more.
Thank you to everyone for being so kind and welcoming to me and so generous to We Care Bears.
|Posted by Jessica on December 6, 2014 at 11:30 PM||comments (0)|
Today was a long and busy day but so much fun. I got to do two of my favorite things, make a donation to a fire stations AND have a Bear Bagging Event. What a fantastic way to get into the spirit of the holidays.
The day started with delivery of 64 bags of stuffed animals to hard working men and women of the Anaheim Fire Department and meeting the very nice Mr. Mike.
Then it was time to hit the road again. It was my pleasure to be invited to Highland Hall Waldorf School's Winter Faire.
The students at Highland Hall donated stuffed animals and today everyone worked together and created 30 bags!!!
That's 300 kids who will be comforted because of your efforts.
If you'd like to schedule a Bear Bagging Event in Southern California you can contact us HERE
Outside of Southern California? We have some great options for you too. You can order bags of We Care Bears to be sent directly to your local police or fire department by ordering a Ship The Caring - We Care Bears Box
If your youth group, scout troop, school or civic organization would like to organize a We Care Bears Bear Drive as a service project we'll have every thing you'll need (minus the stuffed animals of course) shipped right to your door. This kit provides a well organized, kid centered, service project for children and adults alike. Even the youngest kids are able to fully appreciate how much having a stuffed animal will help another child who is scared or injured. The We Care Bears Drive Kit contains everything you need to create 10 bags of We Care Bears for your local first responders.
|Posted by Jessica on November 27, 2014 at 2:30 PM||comments (0)|
So much to be thankful for today - my family, good friends, shelter, food and YOU!! Thank you everyone for supporting my project. I couldn't do any of it without you.
|Posted by Jessica on November 24, 2014 at 5:55 PM||comments (0)|
During this week when we focus our attention to all that we are grateful for I have a very long list...my family, I know what it is like not to have a family, food, shelter, transportation, great friends and so much more but I am also particularly thank for the men and women of the fire and police departments across the nation. They come running when we need them, day or night, when others rush out - they rush in. Mr. Rodgers said "look for the helpers" and when we do look for the helpers the first place we look is to firefighters and police officers.
So today I was particularly happy and thankful to be able to deliver 12 bags of We Care Bears to the Carlsbad Fire Department. Thank you for all you do to keep us safe. I hope these bears help to make your jobs just a little easier when you have contact with young people.
"Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." My vision for tomorrow is that every police and fire vehicle in the country has a bag of We Care Bears. It's a big task but together we can make it happen. If your youth group, scout group or civic organization is looking for service project consider ordering a Share The Care box and putting bags of We Care Bears on your local first response vehicles.
|Posted by Jessica on November 13, 2014 at 10:20 PM||comments (0)|
We had an amazing time at the Girls Scout Troop 2184's We Care Bears Bear Bagging Event this afternoon.
In just one hour these amazing girls managed to create 25 bags of bears. GREAT JOB.
If your scout troop would like to have a Bear Bagging Event or purchase a Spreading The "We Care Bears" Kit use the contact tab and we'll get you on the calendar right away.