What We Do
The HUGS program provides warm, cuddly teddy bears for children experiencing crisis. Working with First Responders and other social service agencies, bears are provided to our partners and then given to children during a crisis. The program began in 1987 when our local fire department expressed a need to provide a bear to children. Through their experience they learned that when a child must endure a fire, family death, illness, and other emergencies, that child is in crisis. Having something to hold on to has a calming effect and gives the child a sense of security. This makes it easier for the officials involved to gather information and help meet the needs of the child.
The Hugs Bear it is not intended to be a toy, but rather a tool to address the emotional health of that child through offering comfort and support.
You can provide a teddy bear for a child experience crisis for $5.