The “Benefits of Play” and how you can help children in need


Cozy Coupe

One of my favorite photos of our son with his Cozy Coupe. He played with this every day for years. He loved it!

I’m a parent of two teenagers – one in college and the other in high school. I think my kids are growing into wonderful young adults, but I do miss their childhood years. Our on still has LEGOS and I tell him all the time to please play with them just so I can enjoy a glimpse into his childhood again. Thankfully he still gets a little twinkle in his eyes when I buy him Matchbox/Hot Wheels cars that I think he’d like (he collects them rather than play with them).

My husband and I are big kids at heart. We love to go to Toys “R” Us to check out the new toys and the classic toys we grew up with. I think we embarrass our kids when we go because my husband and I like to press button and see how things work. LOL!

I currently work with children. I enjoy doing crafts with them, playing board games and watching them simply being kids.

Sadly, for many children across the country, being a regular kid simply isn’t possible, most especially impoverished children.

Did you know that 15.5 Million U.S. Children Live in Poverty; Many Lack Playtime in Their Daily Lives. That is so sad!

Only 10 minutes of play can improve a child’s performance and enhance the progress of early development by 34%.


Our son LOVED playing with cars and trucks.

Children living in poverty often don’t have the resources for play. When it comes to putting food on the table or paying the electric bill a parent will have to opt for that instead of purchasing toys for their children. That breaks my heart. All children should have the ability to play and enjoy being a kid.

People think that play is just a way of entertaining yourself and having fun. While that is true, there are actually benefits to play time.

Play benefits include:

  • Cognitive development – creativity, abstract thinking, problem solving and mastering new concepts.
  • Personal development – self esteem, confidence and reducing anxiety.
  • Physical development – fine motor skills, gross motor skills, self help skills.
  • Language development – vocabulary, communication skills, story telling.
  • Social development – cooperation, teamwork, conflict resolution, leadership.

There are just SOME of the benefits of play. Play is a critical factor in a child’s physical, emotional and cognitive development needed for future growth.

Please take a moment to watch this brief video on the importance of play for children as young as babies and on up.


Toys “R” Us has partnered with Save the Children (a nonprofit committed to ensuring all U.S. children have a healthy start) on the Play With Purpose fundraising and awareness campaign. Their mission is to provide children in impoverished regions of the country with opportunities and resources to integrate purposeful play into their everyday lives.

From today (February 17, 2016) until April 17, 2016, customers can make cash donations at any Toys“R”Us or Babies“R”Us store, or online at Toysrus.com/PlayWithPurpose. Donations will support Save the Children’s early childhood development programs, which help children in some of America’s most underprivileged areas thrive.

Please consider sharing the above video on social media to help spread the word about this campaign. If you do share on social media it would be great if you could tag @ToysRUs and use the hashtag #PlayWithPurpose. Here is the URL link you can use – https://youtu.be/-hT3aVCOEaY.

I’s also love to encourage readers to share information about this important campaign on social media (with or without the video). On Facebook and Twitter please tag @ToysRUs and @SavetheChildren as well as use the hashtag #PlayWithPurpose.

Not only is play good for children, I also think it’s a wonderful way for parents, grandparents and caregivers to bond with a child, as well as create special memories together. Some of my favorite memories with my kids are playing with our Fisher Price Little People sets together, hosting a picnic on the bedroom floor, tea parties, driving cars around the living room and playing board games. My kids recall those times as well.


I had this toy growing up and played with it all the time.

I hope you are inspired to help out by donating to this wonderful campaign and/or sharing information about it on social media (don’t forget to tag and use the hashtag #PlayWithPurpose), as well as share information about it with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.

To find a Toys “R” Us near you visit ToysRUs.com. To find a Babies “R” Us near you visit BabiesRUs.com. In addition, please check out Toys “R” Us’s social media “blasts” about this important campaign – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. PLEASE consider “liking”, sharing and re-tweeting them to help spread the word.

Does your child/grandchild have the opportunity to play every day?

What are YOUR favorite childhood memories involving playtime?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.



*I have partnered with Toys “R” Us to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Check out what is new from Kohl’s Cares


Previous Koh's Cares book/plush offering.

Previous Koh’s Cares book/plush offering.

If you read my blog on a regular basis you have probably read a post (or two!) about the Kohl’s Cares program. I am a HUGE fan of Kohl’s Cares and I LOVE the products they offer.

If you are unfamiliar with Kohl’s Cares, it’s a special collection of products that Kohl’s sells year round to help raise funds for children’s health initiatives nationwide. Kohl’s gives 100% of the proceeds from these products to charity.

The Kohl’s Cares collection of products change every few months. Each product is only $5.00.

I was an avid reader growing up. I loved reading so much that I saved many of my favorite books from my childhood and passed them on to my children. Now that my kid are grown, I put all my books – as well as their favorite childhood books – in storage, awaiting the day that I can read these books to my grandchildren (and Lord willing, great-grandchildren).

Previously offered Kohl's Cares books.

Previously offered Kohl’s Cares books.

What I love about the Kohl’s Cares collection is that they usually offer a book/plush combo. They often carry beloved children’s book as well as a plush toy from the book. Each are sold separately ($5 each). As a “set” ($10) they make a WONDERFUL gift. What child wouldn’t want to snuggle with a cuddly plush animal while reading (or being read to) a delightful story book.

If you have a child who is invited to birthday parties often, or plenty of nieces and nephew, I would recommend stocking up on the book/plush “sets” so that you have great gifts at a moments notice. Not only that, you are helping to raise fund for children’s charities. It’ a win-win situation.

Kohl’s Cares doesn’t only sell children’s books and plush toys – the have products for grown ups as well.

The Kohl’s Cares collection changes every few months. I keep Kohls.com bookmarked on my computer and check the site once a week to see if there are new product available. You can also check them out at you local Kohl’s store. The Kohl’s Cares products are usually found new the cash registers.


Currently the Kohl’s Cares collection features award winning children’s books from renowned author/illustrator Leo Lionni. Lionni wrote and illustrated one of my favorite books from my childhood – Frederick. It’s a story about an adorable little gray mouse. Now I need to find a little red flower to put in his hand/paw.

When I found out that Kohl’s Cares was offering not only the book Frederick, but also a matching plush toy, I knew I had to have the set. In fact, I tend to buy all the book/plush combos whenever possible. I like decorating our bookcase with them. Because Kohl’s Cares offers new products ever few months, I get to change the book/plush combo often. Then I just rotate them throughout the year.

One set I keep out all the time – Put Me in the Zoo. I love the plush. He’s so soft!


The products are only available for a limited time and once they are sold out they are gone. That is why I am quick to purchase them.

Kohl’s Cares has always been kind enough to send me free samples to review whenever new products come out (THANK YOU KOHL’S CARES!). Then I purchase all the additional products on my own with my own money.

The book is wonderful and the plush is SO SOFT and cuddly!

The book is wonderful and the plush is SO SOFT and cuddly!

The books are hardcover books with dust jackets. If you go to any bookstore you’ll end up paying MORE than $5 for the same book.

The plush animals are also a high quality. I have many of them and they are made exceptionally well. Some might think a $5 plush toy would be made poorly. That is not the case at all. They are made very well.

Here are the items currently available through the Kohl’s Cares program.

Kohl's Cares Collection

  • Frederick book and mouse soft toy
  • A Color of His Own book and chameleon soft toy
  • It’s Mine! Book and frog soft toy
  • Cornelius book and crocodile soft toy
  • Swimmy book
  • Tote bag
  • 101 Kids Activities book

I was sent A Color of His Own, chameleon plush toy, It’s Mine! book and plush frog, tote bag and 101 Kids Activities book. I purchased the book Frederick and plush, as well as Cornelius book and plush on my own.

I work with children from 1st – 7th grade. The 101 Kids Activities book is awesome! It’s filled with great ideas that I can easily utilize with the children that I work with. Most of the activities use products that are found around most homes and/or classrooms. It’s a great book to have on hand for a cold, winter day or rainy days.

Too Cute!

Too Cute!

I cannot say enough about the plush toys. I love them! They are absolutely adorable! I’m a big kid at heart and I adore these sweet plush toys.

Sometimes I donate the products where I work. Other times I keep them for myself because they are just too cute to part with.

If you would like to check out the Kohl’s Cares collection visit Kohls.com and search for Kohl’s Cares. Or you can just go straight to this page. You can also find the products at your neighborhood Kohl’s store.

Some of my Kohl's Cares book/plush sets on display on one of our bookcases (we have several bookcases). The Eric Carle book/plush is NOT a Kohl's Cares product.

Some of my Kohl’s Cares book/plush sets on display on one of our bookcases (we have several bookcases). The Eric Carle book/plush is NOT a Kohl’s Cares product.

Remember – each item is only $5, and 100% of the sale of these items go to children’s charities.

Are you a fan of Kohl’s Cares? Have you purchased any of their products before?

If you would like to read my review on other Koh’s Cares products simply type in “Kohl’s Cares” in the search box hear on my site.

These specific products will be available through early April, or until supplies last.



*I received some free products to review. Additional products I purchased on my own with my own money. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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“SICK Bags” – Vegan leather bags for moms with a cause



I know a lot of women are crazy about handbags and tote bags. My daughter is one such person. She is obsessed with bags. She loves them. Whenever we go to New York City and she has money she always wants to buy a new bag. It’s hard for her not to be tempted since there are bags for sale on every street corner.

My daughter is pictured above with one of her favorite bags she picked up in New York City (her lips are read from sucking on a huge lollipop the kids got at FAO Schwarz, back in 2010 (when the photo was taken), when the toy store was still open.

My daughter wasn’t too happy to walk into her room one day to find that our cat Bella opted to take a nap on two of her bags, instead of one of the many pet bed we have available to them. LOL!

Bella on the bags

I’m not like my daughter. I like bags. I do! I’m just not obsessed with them. I have a few favorites that I stick with. I don’t feel the need to spend a lot of money on bags or expensive designer bags.

I recently received a lovely tote bag to review with an interesting back story. The back is from a company called “SICK Bags.”

SICK Bags is a new line of fashionable, Vegan leather bags for moms with a cause.

A jewelry designer and mother of two small children, Silvie could not find a diaper bag or go everywhere mom bag that looked good and fit her needs. She was also struck by all the heart wrenching stories from her husband who is a pediatrician at an inner city emergency room. So she put her design skills to work to use fashion to educate moms about childhood diseases and created “SICK Bags.”

Each bag is made of Vegan leather and manufactured in the Garment District of NYC. The outside is fashionable and the inside is playful, representing one of the most common childhood illnesses. Each sale supports research in preventing and finding cures for pediatric diseases and a donation is made to a local children’s hospital.

The idea of a SICK Bag did throw me off a bit. Who wants to tote around a bag that represents a childhood disease. However the more I thought about it, the more I was intrigued by it.



I was sent a bag to review. I was sent a grey tote with Coxsackie lining. My daughter had “Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease” when she was a a toddler. We determined she probably picked it up in a ball pick and play area at a local “kid place” (I won’t mention the the brand’s name). Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease is a form of Coxsackie. Thankfully it’s not serious and she was better in a few days.

The outside of the bag is beautiful. It’s made from a Vegan “leather.” It looks and feels like leather, but it’s not leather. It can easily be wiped off if it gets dirty.

The inside of the bag is decorated with illustrations that represent the disease. They are not gross or creepy looking. If anything they are cute illustrations.

Here is a close up of the design inside the bag. Each SICK Bag as a different interior design depending on the disease/illness.



Here is what my bag looks like.

Bag 1

Bag 2

Bag 3

I am loving this tote bag. Not only do I love how it looks, I appreciate how much room it has inside. I can carry around a lot of thing inside of it. Sometimes I need to tote around things for work, or when I have errands to run. This tote bag is the perfect size.

The bag also comes with an attached matching purse to carry smaller items such as cellphones, keys, lip balm, cash or cards.

The bag’s measurements are:

22″ wide, 13″ high, 6″ deep
8″ handle height

The bags all look the same, with the exception of the lining. They are also available in light grey, dark grey and black.

I think this is a win-win situation all around. A portion of the sales of these bags go to area hospitals. It’s an interesting way to learn about diseases that effect children and you get a beautiful, fashionable bag.

If you would like to learn more visit WearSick.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook and Instagram.

What do you think about SICK Bags? Do you like the idea behind them? Do you like how they look? Feel free to share your thoughts.



*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Help provide food for pets in need with just a single tweet, thanks to Morris the Cat



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If you are a regular reader of my blog you are probably aware that I have five cats, a dog and a fish. All of them are adopted from the local animal shelter except one cat (he was a feral kitten we took in) and our Goldfish.

Our pets mean the world to us. If we had the space and money we would adopt more animals. Since that is not possible we make an effort to help out in any way possible by donating money, blankets, toys, bedding and food to our local animal shelter. They appreciate all the help and goods they can get.

Today (December 1, 2015) is “Giving Tuesday.” Morris the Cat has a wonderful campaign going on where you can help provide food for hungry animals – all by tweeting out a single message.

Here is a personal message from Morris the Cat.

Hey She Scribes readers! Morris the Cat, from 9Lives cat food, here. (You may have thought that a cat’s only computer skills involve laying on the keyboard while others are trying to use it, but in fact, we are very tech savvy.)

For those of you who don’t know me, I’ve starred in over fifty 9Lives cat food commercials, am an advo-cat for kitty rescue, and was even crowned one of Advertising’s Greatest Icons by the Museum of Broadcast Communications. (But I must say, I took issue with this honor. I didn’t know I was advertising all those years… I just really love 9Lives!)

In case you couldn’t guess, I’m purr-ty much an expert when it comes to eating, and that’s the subject of my next venture. I know we just had Thanksgiving and you may have promised yourself you were never going to eat again. But trust me, your appetite will come around like a good old friend and when it does, I want you to be ready!

I also thought since we just had a day to give thanks, we should now take a moment to give back. After all, December 1st is Giving Tuesday, a day people all around the world have dedicated to affecting ‘pawsitive’ change. Lucky for you, giving back is as easy as using your opposable thumbs. With those two bad boys – and the rest of your fingers – you can help feed a kitty in need. Watch this video to find out how. (Spoiler Alert: It’s totally FREE!)


I don’t know about you but all this meowing about food has gotten me hungry.

I’ve made it my mission to help cats and humans eat well – and by extension – live well. (I’ve often said the key to life can be found in your food dish.) With that in mind, I invite you to check out my Official Guide to Eating, Munching, Snacking & More. If you’ve ever caught yourself inhaling your food between errands or carting your human kittens around… or if you mindlessly shovel in your dinner while catching up on the latest episode of “Meownton Abbey” or “Silicon Alleycat”… then this guide is for you!

In it, you’ll learn how to eat like the true foodie you were meant to be. On my site Prospurr.9Lives.com, you can also enter to win a customized drivable cooler, so if you do have to eat on the go, you can do so in style. And don’t forget to tweet #MorrisFeeds to give hungry kitties the gift of a tasty, hearty 9Lives meal.

On that note, my stomach is starting to rumble. What’s on the menu tonight, you ask? 9Lives Lean & Tasty and a side of Meaty Paté with Real Chicken. For a beverage I’ll be enjoying some delicious tap water. How about you?

I hope you’ll take a moment at some point today (maybe after you finish reading this post) and hop on over to Twitter and tweet a message using the hashtag #MorrisFeeds to help provide food to hungry cats across the country.

For more information about 9 Lives, please visit 9Lives.com. You can also find the brand on social media.

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*I have partnered with Morris & 9 Lives to bring you this information. In exchange I’ll be receiving cat food and toys. There was no compensation. 

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Help make wishes come true with Macy’s Wish Writer Stylus and Believe campaign



Did you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® this past week? My family did. We never miss it. We watch it from start to finish. I have to admit that when Santa comes riding his giant sled I tend to get misty-eyed. The moment I see him I am instantly transformed back into a little child and thinking Santa is real. I do believe. OK… maybe I don’t believe in a cute, chubby old man in a red suit that flies around the world one night a year delivering toys to children – but I DO believe in the magic and wonder of the holiday season.

During the parade a commercial aired that was a wee bit longer than a regular commercial. It was actually part of a larger mini-movie put out by Macy’s. The commercial/mini-movie is known as “The Wish Writer.” The short film shares the heartwarming story of the gift of generosity.

The film follows a young girl and her brother as they discover the power of kindness and generosity using the help of a magic pencil known as the Wish Writer.

The young girl tries to use the Wish Writer to wish for something for herself, but discovers that those wishes disappear. Then she writes wishes for other people, and those wishes come true.

Wish Writer

It’s a heart warming mini-film. If you haven’t seen it yet you can view it here – Macys.com/Believe.

This film is part of Macy’s annual Believe campaign inspired by the TRUE story of 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, who wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper in 1897 asking if there really was a Santa Claus. The paper’s response, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist …,” written by Francis P. Church, became one of the most famous newspaper editorials of all time.

To date Macy’s has raised $90 million for Make-A-Wish, with $10.8 million donated over the last seven years through the iconic letter writing campaign during the holiday season.

“We’re proud to partner with Make-A-Wish for the eighth annual Believe campaign, which continues to be one of our most beloved programs of the year,” said Martine Reardon, chief marketing officer for Macy’s. “After many months of development, we’re excited to launch Macy’s Wish Writer as a fun, new element of this year’s campaign, which will benefit Make-A-Wish and teach children how acts of kindness can spread holiday spirit this season.”

Up until December 24, 2015, customers can visit their local Macy’s store and drop off a stamped letter address to “Santa into their big, red letterboxes. For each letter collected in stores, online (Macys.com/Believe) or through their mobil app, Macy’s will donate $1, up to $1 million, to Make-A-Wish, an organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

This year Macy’s has introduced something new to the Believe campaign – the Macy’s Wish Writer.


The Wish Writer is an interactive stylus and app, featuring a series of fun games to teach children about the importance of kindness and generosity, while also providing a way to write the most magical letters to Santa. Dr. Steven Fox, a leading child psychologist and expert in play therapy and gaming, served as a consultant during the Wish Writer development to help create a motivating, relevant and positive game for children. The Wish Writer experience is designed to encourage a sense of adventure and exploration, while enhancing children’s altruism and compassion toward others.

I was sent one of the Wish Writers to check out for myself. It’s a beautifully made stylus that can easily become a part of every holiday season. The Wish Writer can also be enjoyed year round. It even lights up when pressed on a surface such as a tablet or smartphone.

The Wish Writer has an accompanying app that is compatible with both Apple and Android devices. I would recommend using a tablet to enhance the experience. The app is free with the stylus purchase.

You can download the app on iTunes or Google Play. You can download a free version of the app (without purchasing the stylus) for limited play. The full version (free with stylus purchase) is available for $1.99. One dollar from each app purchase will be donated to Make-A-Wish.

Children can also write letters to Santa via the app and Wish Writer stylus. For every letter sent, $1.00 will be donated to Make-a-Wish as part of Macy’s $1 million goal. In addition, $1.00 from the purchase of the Wish Writer will also go towards Make-a-Wish.

The Wish Writer stylus is available at Macy’s stores across the country, as well as online.

Check out this video that shows you all the fun things you can do with the Wish Writer.


The Wish Writer would make a delightful gift and fun stocking stuffer – although I would recommend giving it to your child/grandchild before Christmas so that they can enjoy the games and be able to send a letter to Santa before Christmas.

Not only are the games fun and entertaining, this is a great way to teach children about kindness and generosity and giving to others. I think it’s a wonderful idea and I applaud Macy’s for coming up with such an ingenious to teach children about the true meaning of the season (doing good for others).

In case you were wondering about the “Yes, Virginia” animated television special, it will air on ABC on Friday, December 18, 2015 at 8:30 PM (EST) / 7:30 PM (CST). Please check your local listings.

The award-winning, half-hour holiday program features an all-star roster including Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Alfred Molina, and Beatrice Miller in the title role. When the animated special first debuted, a wish came true for 11-year-old Make-A-Wish recipient Taylor Hay, whose voice and likeness were captured for one of the film’s characters.

What do you think about the Wish Writer? Do you think it’s a fabulous idea? What about the whole Macy’s Believe campaign as a whole? Has your child ever deposited a Santa letter into one of Macy’s big, red letter boxes?

To find a Macy’s location near you please visit Macys.com. You can also connect with them on social media (all of their links are found on the bottom right of their website).

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*I received a free stylus in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted and not influenced in any way. 

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Give a Bears for Humanity Teddy for Christmas – the Gift That Gives Twice!


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It’s the holiday season – time for good will towards others, finding the perfect gift for that special someone and enjoying quality time with family and friends.

I love that people are more charitable this time of year. I only wish that the good will towards others extended well past the holiday season – even better – year round.

We do what we can throughout the year when it comes to making charitable donations. We donate food (both food for people and food to our local animal shelter), cash and products. When the holiday season swings around my family and I increase our efforts to do good for others. We donate more food and buy gifts for children.

Two years ago my family and I were visiting a local plant nursery, checking out their holiday decorations (they have a section that sells holiday decor). The nursery also sold real Christmas trees. That year we paid for a Christmas tree and told the young lady at checkout that the next person who comes in to purchase a Christmas tree, use the money we gave them to pay for it.

As luck would have it the next family came in shortly after we left. We were able to see them at the cash register from our car through the windows. As we were pulling away the man came running out into the parking lot, waving at us with a huge smile on his face.

We live in an affluent area, but there are plenty of people who struggle to get by. We’d like to hope that the family that benefited from the tree we purchase needed a little holiday magic.

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We meant to do that again last year but we couldn’t afford it. This year we’re a little better off so we plan on doing that again.

What if there was a way you could purchase a holiday gift for someone on your shopping list and give to charity at the same time? It would be a win-win situation all around.

When you purchase a teddy bear from Bears For Humanity™, not only do you (or the gift recipient) receive a beautifully made teddy bear, the purchase also instantly doubles as a gift for a child in need.

When you purchase from Bears for Humanity you can select from one of the listed charities for your donation bear to be delivered to. The donated bears are personally delivered to a needy veteran’s house, a children’s hospital or an underprivileged household.

What a wonderful idea! I wish more companies would consider doing something like this. As a person with a big heart who believes in supporting charities, I would purchase from companies that did something like this over a company that doesn’t.


Currently the charities benefiting from the donated bears are;

The bears come in two different sizes and several colors.

The 16″ Premium Bear is $39.99 and the 7″ Baby Bear is $19.99. They come in colors such as white, light brown, dark brown, blue and pink.

Check out this brief video that explains more about Bears for Humanity.

About 10 years ago I helped out a young lady with her Gold Eagle project for Girl Scouts. It was called The Bear Fair. Funds collected from the event were used to purchase teddy bears to donate to local rescue organizations (Police Department, Fire Department and Ambulance companies).

When a child is scared they need something to provide them with comfort. That is what the Teddy Bears that were donated were used for. They were given to children involved in car accidents, house fires and other tragic situations.

I truly believe that a teddy bear can provide comfort for both young and old alike.

I have teddy bears. In fact, I sleep with one of them at night on occasion. If I have been having an especially stressful day I find that snuggling with “Mr. Bear” (which is what I call him) makes me feel a lot better.

All of the charities that Bears for Humanity work with work with children, adults and families in need. I am proud to support such wonderful charities. I have linked to each of them (above) so that you can learn more about them. Toys for Tots is one that we donate toys to every holiday season.

The bears sold at Bears for Humanity are not just ordinary bears. Bears for Humanity are made with only 100% Certified Organic Cotton/ Hemp. Plus, they are naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic which gives parents the peace of mind they don’t get from polyester plush toys.

Baby Bears

Large Bears

The bears are made here in the United States through CalWorks. CalWorks provides jobs to at-risk mothers, fathers and caregivers.

Even toy industry experts have also taken notice of this new company. Dr. Toy was first to award Bears for Humanity the Green Toy Company award followed by National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, Playonwords.com PAL
Award, Able Play Seal of Approval and most recently, Mom’s Choice Award—GOLD seal of approval.

The Parents’ Choice Foundation also awarded the company their Gold Award.

The Choice Foundation said, “Among the ways we learn is through imitation and practice – of tasks, process and behavior. Be it the importance of reading, or teaching children empathy and responsibility, parents set the stage. But busy lives can interfere; giving to and helping others takes time, thought and understanding. Making a contribution with a positive impact, even in its smallest form, feels good. Doing it again feels better.

Creating a pattern becomes habit and habits create change. Enter Bears for Humanity. From the materials sourced to the workforce employed, to the carefully screened “Buy One, Give One” program, this company is as much a teacher as it is a manufacturer. These lessons of philosophy and business practice are worth patterning and passing along.

My Sammi Bear

My Sammie Bear

When giving a bear to a child, be sure to share the bear’s story. Present it as an age appropriate introduction to empathy and responsibility: getting a hug feels great; giving one feels pretty good too. And by the way, “hugs” can take many forms.”

The Premium Bears have jointed limbs, making them a great addition for any childhood adventure or tea party.

Currently the available bears are;

  • Sammie—iconic beige
  • Sassie—pink
  • Snowie—white
  • Snugglie—chocolate brown
  • Sweetie—blue

Bears for Humanity

The company also makes the non-jointed 7” baby bears (mentioned above) and assortment of accessories for the Premium Bears.

I was sent one of the bears to review. I chose Sammie, the classic iconic beige bear.

I love that his arms and legs move. It’s not often that you come across a bear with movable limbs. You can position him (or her if you choose to make it a girl) sitting down, standing up and a variety of other positions.

This is a quality bear. You can tell from the very first time you hold it in you hands. You can tell that this bear was made with love and attention to detail. I don’t see any lose strings, holes or shedding.

These are not the type of bear you put on a shelf and just look at it (unless you want to). These bears were made to be played with, snuggled with an fully enjoyed.

My review bear also included the opportunity for me to donate the same bear. I chose Toys for Tots.

Teddy bears are not just for children. I’m an adult and I love teddy bears very much (most plush toys – I have a collection of them).

If you are looking for a special gift for the holiday season (or year round), I hope you’ll consider Bears for Humanity. These would also make great gifts for baby showers, new parents, birthday’s and more.

Be sure to let the gift recipient know that another bear will be donated to the charity of your choice.

For more information please visit BearsforHumanity.com. Look for the brand on social media too.



*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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