A BIT ABOUT US
Helping Children Impacted by Disasters
Comfort Bears in a Catastrophe provides comfort and hope to children in disasters. Our donations go out to thousands of children impacted by disasters ranging from hurricanes to fires. We strive to make sure these children receive a Comfort Bear with a handwritten note of encouragement to bring them comfort and a meaningful friend that's theirs to keep.
Comfort Bears in a Catastrophe is a fiscally sponsored project by IFERS, a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization, and therefore a variety of donations are tax deductible.
ABOUT OUR FOUNDER, MIMI HYMEL
Mimi Hymel is the current CEO and founder of Comfort Bears in a Catastrophe. Mimi utilized her skills from a young age to create Comfort Bears in a Catastrophe as an undergraduate student at Arizona State University back in 2020. Now experienced in the industry as a National Press Secretary and pursuing her Master's of Public Administration at Grand Canyon University, Mimi is using her industry knowledge for good.
Mimi created this fiscally sponsored nonprofit to help children impacted by disasters receive the comfort of a teddy bear. As a survivor of Hurricane Katrina herself, she understands the need for comfort in a disaster, and noticed this need is not being met for disaster victims. Mimi states, "People often donate essential items, leaving kids with no comfort items, and confused. This leads to a decrease in their mental health, and long term impacts in social skills, education and more."
After Mimi lost her favorite teddy bear in the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina, all she wanted was a new teddy bear to comfort her and help her face the trauma from the disaster. Mimi wanted to step up to the challenge and fill this desperate need for the community. That's where Comfort Bears in a Catastrophe comes in.
Read more about our mission at the top of the 'About Us' page.
ALLIES OF COMFORT BEARS
Organizations we have partnered with to distribute Comfort Bears in various states.