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|Do You Know A Huggable Hero?|
|Build-A-Bear Workshop® is on a search for young people who have made extraordinary contributions in their communities
When life dishes up lemons or tough situations, you can count on a Huggable Hero to turn those lemons into lemonade and help make the world a better place.
Huggable Heroes® are young people whom Build-A-Workshop® recognizes, honors and cele-bear-ates each year for providing extraordinary service in their communities.
Last year, one Huggable Hero, Bailey, age 10, coordinated the shipment of more than 12,000 packages to our soldiers in Iraq. Anthony, age 15, started a program that provided more than 80,000 hats to pediatric cancer patients who lost their hair. And Welland, age 18, created “Suitcases for Kids,” which put 400,000 suitcases in the hands of children who must move from one foster home to another.
Build-A-Bear Workshop selected Bailey, Anthony, Welland and others from thousands of Huggable Hero candidates nominated by friends, family, teachers, mentors and acquaintances. Now the search for more Huggable Heroes begins again. Nominations will be accepted for Huggable Heroes, 18-years-old and younger, from December 26, 2006, until February 14, 2007. Anyone is eligible to submit a nomination. This year, in honor of its tenth birthday, Build-A-Bear Workshop will honor 10 Huggable Heroes.
“The Huggable Heroes® program reflects our commitment to empowering our young Guests to make a difference,” said Build-A-Bear Workshop Founder and Chief Executive Bear Maxine Clark. “Every day we see Guests coming to our stores and putting so much heart and love into making a bear for a family member, a friend or someone in need. We knew that this concept of giving extended well beyond into community involvement. This program finds those wonderful, caring people and gives them the credit they deserve.”
According to Carol Weisman, author of Raising Charitable Children, “Recognizing kids for their good deeds encourages them to continue helping others. The Huggable Heroes program honors every child who is nominated and supports all efforts to make a difference.”
Weisman says, raising a Huggable Hero starts at home and offers these tips to teach children how to give back to those in need:
Nominations for the 2007 Huggable Heroes will be narrowed down to a field of 125 semifinalists and then 30 finalists. Seven winners will represent particular regions of the U.S. Two will be selected from the United Kingdom and one from Canada.
Each Huggable Hero will receive a prize worth $10,000 from the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation ($7,500 in the form of a scholarship and $2,500 to be donated to the charity of the hero's choice awarded in the winner's local currency). In addition, they receive a trip to St. Louis where the winners will be honored for their good deeds, meet the other Huggable Heroes and participate in a photo shoot for the 2008 Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes calendar.
Nomination forms are available at any Build-A-Bear Workshop® store or online at www.buildabear.com.
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