Everyone's heard of Giving Tuesday, but have you heard of Giving Bears Day?
Heart Hero Kids have stared down some of the scariest situations one can imagine. To honor their courage, the Vermont Teddy Bear Company created the Love Your Heart Bear, a classic 15-inch Bear with an embroidered 'scar' in the center of the chest. All bears come with a lifetime warranty.
When you give a donation of $250 or more, we will give a Love Your Heart Bear to a Heart Hero Kid with a special tag from you, the donor. Your donation will also go toward funding vital heart and stroke research so we can help save more lives.
If you aren't able to make a $250 donation, but would still like to help get a bear into a child's hands, you can fundraise from your family and friends to get to the $250.
Kicking off on Giving Tuesday, December 3, the American Heart Association will be collecting donations to sponsor bears that will be given to cardiac kids, children who have undergone heart surgery, throughout the month of December.
"As a parent who has watched my child go through something so traumatic, this kind gesture of giving the children a friend for support and love is so special and meaningful. I can’t wait to see the smiles on these children’s faces, and to be able to provide some comfort in a scary and overwhelming time in their lives. I am so thankful to both Vermont Teddy Bear and the American Heart Association for getting this program started."- Kathryn Towle, AHA volunteer and Heart Hero mother
**Please note that bears will be delivered to patients at a local children's hospital. We cannot designate who receives a bear.**
Questions? Please contact Melissa.Barry@heart.org