Sunday, January 30, 2011

Build a Bear Huggable Heros

We are huge Build a Bear fans in our house. Kristina has a handful of bears, bunny's and dogs and lots and lots of clothes for her little friends. She has been playing with Build a Bears for a few years now and at 8 she is nowhere near bored of them, I think she will play with them for years to come. She loves getting them dress up, taking them out with us, and putting them in their pj's and taking them to bed with her!

We are also big fans of the Build a Bear Huggable Heros program. Build a Bear is helping out kids who are helping themselves and others! This is a great way to give those kids a big pat on the back and make them realize how special they are and how special what they are doing is!

Nominations are now being accepted for the Eighth Annual Huggable Heroes program that recognizes and rewards remarkable young leaders for positive contributions to their communities and the world.

Now, more than ever, young people are stepping up to make a difference in their communities. Through its Huggable Heroes® program, Build-A-Bear Workshop recognizes and encourages young leaders, ages eight to 18, who provide extraordinary service in their communities and around the world. The eighth annual search for these special people is now on!

Anyone, ages eight and above, is eligible to nominate a candidate (and kids can nominate themselves) by visiting or by picking up an entry form at any Build-A-Bear Workshop store across Canada.

Entries will be narrowed down to 75 semi-finalists in March and to 25 finalists by the end of April. Ultimately, 10 new Huggable Heroes (eight from the United States and Puerto Rico and two from Canada) will be selected and join the ranks of more than 100 other amazing youths from the previous seven years. Each new Huggable Hero will receive a $7,500 scholarship toward his or her college education and $2,500 donation from the Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation to a charity of his or her choice. In addition, the Huggable Heroes will win a trip for themselves and a guardian to St. Louis, the World Bearquarters of Build-A-Bear Workshop.

“Our Huggable Heroes program was born of the desire to encourage and reward young people to give back to their communities,” said Build-A-Bear Workshop Founder and Chief Executive Bear Maxine Clark. “While the monetary prize provides an incentive, it also represents an investment in both the causes these kids support and their education so they can continue to cultivate their leadership skills and achieve even bigger goals.”

Be sure to tell the little people in your life and help Build a Bear help them!