To me, there are few material things (like.. not love or or ice cream) in life as perfect as a soft teddy bear. When my daughter goes to bed at night, amid her 5,000 stuffed animals, and there is barely enough room for her body to lie in there, much less mine, I have to swallow my frustration with her growing stuffed animal collection. I have to swallow my frustration because she’s lucky. She’s lucky to love something and to get it in droves. She’s lucky to have the imagination and love it takes to own and play with stuffed animals. She’s lucky to have the comfort – which may be the most key part in all of this.
Parts of my early childhood were so sad, and do you know what got me through, after my parents and siblings had gone to bed and I was awake and wondering, “What if?”? It was my stuffed animals. It was the way the years would go on and my suspensions of beliefs would change. Maybe I thought they came to life at night at some point. Maybe there were many middle years in which I logically knew they didn’t come to life at night, or have hearts and souls, but there was a part of me that still believed. Sometimes when I look at my old Donald Duck stuffie – my most favorite and prized – maybe I still do.
Something pretty awesome happened a few weeks ago. We got a giant box in the mail from Snuggle® containing three brand new and perfect teddy bears. I placed the box upstairs while I went to mull over what to do with the three bears, but Scarlet discovered the box. She instantly fell in love with the teddy bear I gave her, and Snuggle® came with us to Vermont, and many other places. Now I had Scarlet to help me think about what to do with the other two bears we had gotten!
First, she decided to give a bear to Des. Even though they bicker over LEGOs and personal space and LEGOs and food and LEGOs, ultimately she is his big sister and she looks out for him. I made a video of Scarlet giving Des a new Snuggle Bear.
The bear soon joined Des’ dynamic duo of “Fafa and Puppy” and now it’s a superhero trio of “Fafa, Puppy and Snuggle.” They all go everywhere together, although Scarlet wast the one to put Snuggle Bear on his head during the poor kid’s nap:
Today, September 9th, is National Teddy Bear Day. In fact, the whole month of September is actually SeptemBEAR. The #ShareABear movement has been created to show the world that something that seems so small as gifting a teddy bear, can actually brighten someone’s day. In fact, I truly believe it can brighten someone’s whole world.
Now that I had Scarlet and Des on my team, we talked about where to donate the last bear. Since he was brand new and still packaged, we decided to donate the last Snuggle Bear to a local organization in our town called Safe Passage.
Since 1977, Safe Passage has served survivors of domestic violence, their children, friends and families by providing hope, support, counseling, advocacy, shelter, support groups and community education helping to build toward safety and healing.
I didn’t take videos inside the organization, but I know both kids were humbled by the experience of donating. They brought their own bears and listened intently while I talked to the staff there. And we got a thank you card in the mail!
Pretty adorable, huh? HOWEVER, we need your help since Snuggle Bear can only spread the teddy bear magic so far. Snuggle is asking fans to share their favorite teddy bear moments through photos, stories, and videos throughout the entire month of SeptemBEAR. For every photo, story or video posted on social media with the hashtag #ShareABear, Snuggle will donate a teddy bear to a child in need! Visit the Snuggle Facebook page HERE to learn more about #ShareABear, watch the National campaign video and post your own #ShareABear post on your social media channels. Believe me, it feels GREAT.