|Posted by Jessica on July 22, 2014 at 12:25 AM||comments (0)|
Today the We Care Bears Project had the great pleasure of holding a mini Bear Bagging Event with the help of the great kids at Camp Helping Hands in Thousand Oaks, CA.
The goal behind Camp Helping Hands is to get young children involved in their community through service-learning. Camp Helping Hands leaves participants with a positive and lasting impression by having them work together to help make a difference in their community where it is needed most.
Thanks to the kids all the helping hands today we were able to create 25 bags (195 stuffed animals) of stuffed animals for the Venture County Fire Department.
A special THANK YOU to firefighters from Venture Fire who took time out of their busy day to pick up the stuffed animals and explain why they make such a difference when a child is scared or injured.
|Posted by Jessica on June 27, 2014 at 8:20 PM||comments (0)|
Today was a very special day for the We Care Bears Project. Today I delivered bears to the Chadwick Center at Rady Children's Hospital.
Why was this so special? Because it is the first delivery to an organization that contacted ME. Usually either my Mom or I reach out to organizations regarding my project and offer bears to them. But this time I got an e-mail from the very nice Ms. Monica asking if I could donate to the Chadwick Center.
The second reason this was so special is because of the mission of the Chadwick center. I talked about it with my Mom because, as you know, I usually donate to first responders to "help children who are scared or injured". Well, the Chadwick Center is one of the largest hospital based child advocacy and trauma treatment centers in the nation, is staffed with more than 75 professionals in the field of medicine, social work, psychology, psychiatry, child development, nursing and education technology and they serve children who are physically or sexually abused. Those kids are probably BOTH scared AND injured and so they fit with my mission perfectly. I was happy to be able to donate 100 Beanie Babies to center and will now set aside Beanie Babies for them. I really hope they never need another stuffed animal for child that has been hurt but I know they will and I am happy to help however I can.
|Posted by Jessica on June 16, 2014 at 11:20 PM||comments (0)|
One of my first bear donations outside of Southern California was to the Clark County Fire Department in Nevada. The first time I took them bears I was in Las Vegas for a cheer competition...
(you can read more about that visit here: http://www.wecarebears.com/apps/blog/show/22892895-clark-county-bears-delivered )
...so when our family was planning a vacation I KNEW I wanted Las Vegas to be our first stop so I could take more bears to my friends at Clark County Fire.
I was happy to be able deliver 20 bags of bears today and see my friend, the Assistant Fire Chief, Ms. Baker.
|Posted by Jessica on May 30, 2014 at 7:45 PM||comments (0)|
Did you see them?
Did you spot the difference between Saturday’s and Wednesday’s donation?
I need them, I’ve wanted them, I’ve asked for your help with them (and you came through in a BIG way), and now they are finally here and they are wonderful!!!
What are they?
BAGS!!! We Care Bears now has BAGS!!
|Posted by Jessica on May 28, 2014 at 4:50 PM||comments (1)|
Wednesday’s are early release days at school so today we took bears to Downey Police Department.
A special thank you to Sgt. Massie for arranging this for us and to Lieutenant Mendoza and everyone who came out to talk and help unload bears. It was a great day. We are thrilled that every Downey police vehicle will now have a bag of cuddly stuffed animals for kids they meet on calls who may be scared or injured.
|Posted by Jessica on May 26, 2014 at 11:25 AM||comments (0)|
Thank you so much to Rebecca Ortego of Operation Teddy Bear. She is a great woman who helped kids who were in evacuation shelters during the recent wild fires.
We were so happy when she called and offered to help us deliver bears to the fire fighters on Camp Pendleton, we could never have made those contacts without her. So this weekend we teamed up delivered 6 bags of bears. We toured the stations, got to see how a thermal imaging camera works and met a bunch of great men.
Thanks to Rebecca and all the guys at the stations we visited for being so gracious.
|Posted by Jessica on May 23, 2014 at 6:05 PM||comments (0)|
Thank you so much to Lacy Thompson and the moms and kiddos at Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church MOPS for organizing an incredibly successful bear drive!!
Preparations for our Bearing and Caring bear drives (September and October) are in full swing – if your school or civic organization would like to hold a bear drive feel free contact us (Jessica@wecarebears.com). Bear drives are easy to organize, give kids a hands on role in community service, and the first responders and kids who get these stuffed animals are truly grateful. Kids helping kids….a great way to create early, life long, helpers.
New this year:
- A special Red Ribbon Week “Give Bear Hugs” silicone band bracelet. These bracelets are incredibly popular and an easy way to raise money for your association, promote Red Ribbon Week, and announce your bear drive.
- Free Caring and Bearing wagons to advertise your bear drive for the duration of your drive (available on a first come first serve basis so schedule your drive early).
And we are thrilled to announce that again this year every student who donates a stuffed animal to your bear drive will receive a coupon for a free kid’s meal from Carmel Mountain Chick Fil A. Their continuing support is greatly appreciated.
|Posted by Jessica on May 17, 2014 at 7:50 AM||comments (0)|
Together we can change the world.
Our area has been plagued by fires since Wednesday. We are safe but on Wednesday some schools had to evacuate. On Thursday all school in my school district was cancelled so my Mom and I escaped all the fire talk and went to Disneyland. While we were at Disneyland school was cancelled on Friday as well.
On the way home from Disneyland the fires were even worse than when we left. The firefighters had been working very long hours and it was about 103 outside. I wanted to help. I asked my Mom if would be OK for me to spend some of my money to buy some treats and fruit for the firefighters (she said yes of course) and then we had the idea to tell the community what we were going to do.
It was after 6pm on Thursday that we put the word out to the community that we were going to deliver food. I wasn’t really sure that anyone would be able to help since we were going to deliver at 1pm on Friday so no one really had much time.
Friday morning we headed out. Chick-Fil-A donated a big cookie tray (they have the BEST chocolate chip cookies), Sprouts donated and entire case of grapes and Costco gave me a $25 gift certificate to use. I spent that gift certificate, $100 of my own money and $20 that was donated by a very good friend who doesn’t even live around here to buy food.
BUT THEN the amazingness happened. My Mom and I went to the office to collect any food that might have been dropped off and there was an entire office full of food!! The people that work in the office said there had been a steady stream of people dropping food off pretty much since they opened. It made my mom cry and filled the back of the van.
The firefighters were ALL very happy for everything and touched greatly by all the cards.
Together we can change the world – THANK YOU
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