Disclosure: Howdy everyone, I wanted to inform you that I was not compensated for this post. However, I did receive a product and the opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.

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If you’ve never had a chance to visit Build -A-Bear now is the time to do so. Build-A-Bear has been making children happy for years with their Awesome Build -A-Bear WorkShop. It’s a place where your child can make his or her own dream bear to their desire.

The moment your children walk into the Build -A-Bear store the adrenaline flows with such excitement!  It’s just so much to choose from when making your bear and so many accessories to add to your choice. I get a little excited myself when entering the Build-A-Bear Workshop.

This year Build-A-Build has taken their company to another level by making a difference in the lives of 10 incredible children from their new program called:


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You may be asking what is Build-A-Bear Workshop Young Huggable Heroes? Well its when the company recognizes and selects 10 charitable-minded youths who are making the world a better place and reward them with prizes totaling $75,000. How awesome is that to see such a big company like Build-A- Bear giving back to a generation of youths that are goal orientated in volunteering to help make a difference for the future.

Build-A-Bear Workshop is awarding each of the Huggable Heroes a $5,000 scholarship and a $2,500 donation to a charity of his or her choice. Since its inception in 2004, Build-A-Bear Workshop has invested more than $1 million in recognizing and honoring the heroic efforts of more than 100 “Huggable Heroes” in the United States, Canada and the U.K.

Congratulations to the 2014 Build-A-Bear Workshop® Huggable Heroes® Winners!

Zachary Abel, 14, Sewickley, PA

Zachary is a former Make-A-Wish recipient who created Make A Move for Make-A-Wish – a bike, walk and run event to support wish kids in his community. Now cancer free, Zack organized the Make-A-Wish fundraiser to give back to the organization that granted his wish for a T-Rex Dinosaur statue for his backyard when he was ill. To date, Zack has raised more than $65,000 for Make-A-Wish and helped grant 16 wishes for children battling cancer.


Michael Bervell, 16, Snohomish, WA

Michael started an organization called Hugs for Ghana to mobilize students in his community through volunteering, fundraising, and collecting in-kind donations. In 2013 and 2014, he organized two Ghanaian culture night fundraisers in his community and collected more than $12,000. Additionally, Michael partners with a range of organizations and dozens of schools to organize donation drives that have garnered more than $20,000 worth of sports gear and collected nearly 4,000 books, all to benefit Ghanaian youth.


Daniella Cohen, 16, Highland Park, IL

Daniella founded GIVE, a letter writing exchange, to promote cultural understanding and education. GIVE pen pals learn to empathize and interact with a different culture that they otherwise would not have been exposed to. GIVE has sent thousands of letters and flip-flops, signed with messages of hope, to schools in India, Uganda, Rwanda, Israel and Iraq. Daniella has also spearheaded an effort to provide Internet service and laptops to students in Uganda.


Sarah Gordon, 16, Portland, OR

Sarah’s passion for learning led her to motivate adolescent girls in her community to come together to raise funds and awareness for teenage girls around the world. Sarah brought the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign to Oregon. Girl Up gives American girls the opportunity to support UN programs that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls through education and inspiration. Thanks to Sarah, there are more than 200 students volunteering for the six different chapters of Girl Up in Oregon.


Izzi Hickmott, 16, Brighton, UK

Diagnosed with Type I diabetes at age 10, Izzi became eager to share her experiences to help others. In addition to supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) through fundraising, Izzi has supported other young people with Type 1 diabetes by becoming an advocate in the Houses of Parliament. Additionally, Izzi has collaborated with local Council officials and representatives from the National Health Service to put in place relevant and proper support for young people with T1 diabetes in schools.


Kylie Kuhns, 17, Mifflinburg, PA

After losing her sister to leukemia in 2005, Kylie wanted to help other children and families diagnosed with cancer. She founded Kelsey’s Dream, and recently developed and introduced Hopper the Cancer Crusher, a fluffy green frog play therapy toy for children undergoing cancer treatment. To date, the play therapy toy has been delivered to 24 hospitals throughout the nation, with a goal of distributing Hopper the Cancer Crusher to all pediatric oncology hospitals across the U.S. Kelsey’s Dream has mobilized 400 volunteers, raised approximately $265,000, and produced 8,000 therapy play toys to date.


Rachel Ley, 17, Stevens Point, WI

Rachel started Literacy for Little Ones, an early literacy program that encourages parents to read to their infants and provides book packages to newborns’ families. What began at Rachel’s local community hospital in 2009 has expanded to four additional hospitals in Wisconsin, one hospital in Minnesota, and one hospital in Nicaragua, impacting approximately 520 infants per month. Thus far, Literacy for Little Ones has distributed book packages to 7,400 families, and has over 700 volunteers.


Brodie Meredith, 13, Walsall, UK

Brodie and family launched Livvy’s Smile, a charitable endeavor in memory of Brodie’s sister Livvy. Livvy’s Smile’s mission is to create memory making days for children with disabilities, together with their families. Brodie does many things to help Livvy’s Smile including coordinating events and sending mailings. In addition to her own time and effort, Brodie inspires friends to fundraise and challenges them to support children with disabilities.


Casey Sokolovic, 16, Winterville, NC

Casey inspires at-risk students to get involved, raise awareness and learn the plight of the world’s sea turtle population through STEM-focused (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) environmental camps. She also hosts a year-round community calendar of learning and service activities. Over the last three summers, the camps have provided 340 at-risk youth opportunities to participate in STEM-focused, nature activities. In total, Casey’s efforts have raised more than $350,000 to help fund these camps and calendar of activities.

The Night Helper Blog would also like to salute each one of the winners and Thank them for helping to make our world a better place.


You can read more about the Build-A-Bear program and winners via Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Hero’s and don’t forget to visit your local Build -A Bear Workshop so you can make your own precious memorable bear.
Disclosure: Howdy everyone, I wanted to inform you that I was not compensated for this post. However, I did receive a product and the opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.



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  • September 9, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    This is great. I am making hats and headbands for a 5 year old little girl named Calle who has a brain tumor. I wish she could get a Build a Bear. This program is awesome. It does more good than we’ll ever know.

  • September 9, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I had no idea they were doing this! I love it! More people who are making a difference need to be recognized. I;d much rather turn the news on and hear about this kind of news rather than nothing but the death and destruction you hear these days! Thank you to all these young people!

  • September 9, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I love Build a Bear – it’s such a cute, different store. And I love that they do great things like encourage kids to give back.

  • September 9, 2014 at 11:08 am

    This is a really great cause!!
    We have bears still from when my kids were little and now we’re taking the grand-kids to get them. It’s always so fun!


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