|Posted by Jessica on July 28, 2015 at 6:30 PM||comments (0)|
For me, school starts again on August 19th so I just finished up my school clothes shopping. My FAVORITE place to shop for school clothes and shoes is Kohl's. Kohl's is also one of my favorite places to buy stuffed animals for my project. Kohl's Cares stuffed animals are only $5, they are great quality and the perfect size for We Care Bears bags. Even better, Kohl's donates 100% of the profit from the sale of these animals to kid's health and education projects nationwide. So when you buy a Kohl's Cares plush and donate it to We Care Bears you help TWICE!! You know what's even more wonderful, 4 of these stuffed animals are on sale now for just $3.50
If you're school clothes shopping at Kohls.com I hope you'll consider picking up a couple of these great plushes and sending them to We Care Bears.
|Posted by Jessica on July 15, 2015 at 9:45 PM||comments (0)|
Thank you to everyone at AFT Teach 2015 in Washington, DC for inviting me to share my work with you. Everyone I met was so warm and welcoming and really made me feel like MY voice mattered too. It was such a fun and informative convention and I was honored to be a part of it.
|Posted by Jessica on June 26, 2015 at 10:00 PM||comments (0)|
When I was in New York for the Peace First Fellowship Gathering we had a great session called a "Brain Trust". We got to meet with community leaders and other fellows to get ideas on how to solve a problem we are having or make our work better.
I liked the idea so much I wanted to have a local brain trust lunch to get input from local first responders who directly work with We Care Bears. It was GREAT. Leslie Cohn from the Cohn Restaurant Group very generously hosted us at the Corvette Diner. We were a small but might group that included Chief Phillips from Long Beach Police Department, Lieutenant Herb Taft from the San Diego Sheriff's Department and Julie Taber from the Rancho Santa Fe Fire District. It was a great opportunity to get some input from people who know how my project works and get ideas from them about changes I can make to make things work even better for them. Not only that, but the Corvette Diner has great food and everyone so very nice to us.
I want to say a GIANT thank you to Leslie Cohn and everyone at Corvette Dinner for hosting our lunch and to Ms. Taber, Mr. Taft, and Mr. Phillips for taking time out of your busy day to come talk to me. I hope to make this a yearly event to keep making my project be the best it can be.
|Posted by Jessica on June 25, 2015 at 2:55 AM||comments (0)|
When I started We Care Bears hoped for two things, first that adults would take me seriously when I talked about what I wanted to do (I was 9 at the time) and more importantly that We Care Bears would bring comfort to kids in scary situations. I am always incredibly grateful when people write to me and tell me that their child got a stuffed animal. This letter actually made my mom cry. My big brother has asthma and she remembers how scary it was, I'm so happy the ambulance had a stuffed pig for this sweet girl...
My 3-year-old daughter had her first severe asthma attack out of the blue this past weekend. She was given a stuffed Ty beanie pig from your charity in the ambulance and it was all she had in the ER and then during her stay in the hospital.
The nurses brought her little pig, which she named Wilbur, a tiny breathing mask and medicine dispensers, arm bands, tape, and even a stethoscope, so while all these new and pretty scary things were happening to her, she would administer them to Wilber with great care. She almost threw up in the ER and was given a spit bowl, which became Wilbur's bath. When her father left and we were alone in the hospital room, she actually told me that Wilbur was scared and didn't like it there, and I told her she should comfort him and let him know how everyone there was really nice and would take good care of him, which she did. We just got home and removed all of Wilbur's tape bandages and she declared that he is all better.
Little Wilbur was such a huge gift; he was her companion in a scary situation. He made her feel unafraid of the hospital and like she was not alone. He was Some Terrific Pig!
|Posted by Jessica on June 23, 2015 at 7:35 PM||comments (0)|
Thank you so much to the Dorman family. It was so much fun meeting you yesterday and sharing a little about my project with you. Your donation is going to make a lot of kids feel loved and comforted.
|Posted by Jessica on June 11, 2015 at 12:10 PM||comments (1)|
Scatena Daniels Communications is a creative communications agency dedicated to socially-responsible companies and nonprofits across the nation. They believe that being KIND is good for business so when they celebrated their 5th anniversary We Care Bears received the gifts.
Scatena Daniels collected nearly 200 stuffed animals for We Care Bears.....THANK YOU SO MUCH.
|Posted by Jessica on June 9, 2015 at 1:40 AM||comments (0)|
A lot of people ask me what kind of stuffed animals we need or can use so I thought each week I would try to find stuffed animals that were good deals and fit the size needs for We Care Bears.
This Ty bear is a favorite for lots of kids because it has soft fur, is huggable, and the perfect size. Plus if you order through my Amazon link it helps me TWICE. That's a double good deal.
|Posted by Jessica on June 4, 2015 at 12:00 AM||comments (1)|
A lot of people ask if I accept donations of beanie babies...they are small and not really huggable...BUT they are some of my favorite donations because I sort them all out and put them aside specifically for Chadwicks Center. Today I was able to deliver 200 of those cute little guys. So if you know anyone with new beanie baby collections they want to find a special use for point them my way!!
|Posted by Jessica on May 26, 2015 at 10:25 PM||comments (0)|
Today was the grand opening of the Lakeside Sheriff's Substation in East County San Diego. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held today and the public was given a tour of the new facility. Among those in attendance included Sheriff Bill Gore, Supervisor Dianne Jacob, as well as local law enforcement and county leaders. I was so happy to be able to take 6 bags of We Care Bears to the substation this morning but couldn't really stay for any of the events because, well, school. Today is "even day" at school and it has all my favorite classes. But I was so happy to actually get to meet so many great people at the Sheriff's station today, including Sheriff Gore.
Thanks everyone for being so kind and generous with your time this morning, I know things were crazy before the big event.
|Posted by Jessica on May 22, 2015 at 12:40 PM||comments (0)|
I love doing small random acts of kindness. Things opening a door for someone, paying a complement to to a stranger or even just a smile.
My family and I love going to Disneyland and it is a great place to do easy acts of kindness. One of the places we eat breakfast at in Disneyland gives away free balloons to kids who eat there. The thing is I don't really need a balloon, I'm kind of old for them and I want to go on rides but there are lots of little kids who LOVE balloons so when I get one I find a little girl or boy to give it to who would like it, same with stickers....I don't like stickers at all, one time I bought a bunch of little tiaras at the dollar store and gave those to little girls. It's fun and it makes me as happy as it makes them.
Well today we went to Disneyland for their 60th Anniversary 24 Hour Event. We got their at 4am and there were thousands of people there before us. It was crazy but fun. For the first people that got in the gates Disneyland had special 60th Anniversary ears with the date on them. They were pretty cool but we didn't get there in time for that. So we went on some rides and then stopped to eat breakfast. As we were eating a nice man came up to me (my Mom was there too) and asked what time we got to the park and we talked a little bit. Then he said he got there early enough to get free ears but he already had a hat and he wondered if I'd like his ears!! WOW, how nice was that?!! I wish I had thought to give him my card, I wish there was a way to share this blog with him, but somehow, someway, I hope he knows how amazing I think his gift was and how happy I was to wear the ears for the rest of the day.....
So would you all do me a favor? Would you share this blog on all of your social media? Share it far and wide, let's make it go viral. Maybe, just maybe it will reach the man who gave me the ears....you never know.