DO YOU ONLY TAKE TEDDY BEAR STUFFED ANIMALS?
No. We take any 'shape' stuffed animal, and actually prefer to have a variety. From dinosaurs to unicorns, we'll accept any child friendly stuffed animal donation.
DO THE STUFFED ANIMALS HAVE TO BE NEW?
No. We have a very strict sanitary protocol and process we follow to ensure all donations are clean before passing them out to children. Because of this, we can accept gently used donations as long as there are no dangerous pieces hanging off. Email us if you want us to approve them first.
WHO DO YOUR STUFFED ANIMALS GO TO?
We have a partnerships with numerous organizations, businesses and points of contact when a disaster hits. Please check under the 'About Us' page and scroll to see Allies of Comfort Bears.
We have donated in the past to the Riverside, California chapter of the Red Cross, Central Arizona and Orange County, California chapters of Habitat for Humanity, Ochsner Medical Center in Kenner, Louisiana and Project Camp LA in Quincy, CA and Reno, NV.
After hearing about the Surfside disaster in Florida we knew we had to help. We partnered with the ATJC- the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, to get Comfort Bears to children impacted.
We are always seeking new ways to reach child disaster victims. Please email us if you think your organization or business would be a good fit to work with us.
HOW CAN I HELP?
You can get involved virtually at any time by visiting the "Get Involved" or "Volunteer Online" sections of our website listed at the top of this page. This will direct you to any in person Tag a Bear events we have going on, and a template for our cards you can print to write encouraging messages for child disaster victims and send them to us. Feel free to do these cards as an individual, business, or group!
You can also make a monetary, tax deductible donation on the 'Donate' page.
I RECEIVED A COMFORT BEAR FROM YOU, HOW CAN I SHARE MY STORY?
We encourage all volunteers and recipients of our Comfort Bears to share your story by writing to us at: MimiHymel@ComfortBearsinaCatastrophe.com to share your story. If chosen to be featured on our website or social media we will send a form confirming your decision first.
I WANT TO WRITE A FEATURE ON COMFORT BEARS. WHO DO I CONTACT?
For press inquires, please contact us by email on the "Contact" page of our website, listed at the top of this page. We have press releases and would love to work with you to share our mission.
WHAT AREAS DO YOU SERVE?
We currently serve in multiple states, as possible when disasters hit. We have 2 west coast shipping locations, in California and Arizona, but have helped Florida, Nevada and Louisiana in the past.
Whenever we can, we will help children impacted by disasters, regardless of the state.
DO YOU SELL THE STUFFED ANIMALS?
NO! We never sell any stuffed animal donations and they are always given to children impacted by disasters in the community, for no profit.