Sharing Teddy Bears

We would like to take a moment to share a wonderful Christmas story that exemplifies the selflessness and amazing cooperation of the small NGO's that we work with in Haiti. The tireless and selfless work of our partner organizations deserves recognition and we felt that this heartwarming story about the Christmas delivery of a huge teddy bear donation would be the best possible example.

Six year old Noah Osaba, in Georgia, donated over one ton of teddy bears to our organization after a fundraiser that he held at his school after Haiti’s earthquake. [To read more about Noah's fundraiser click here.] We have been trying for months to get these teddy bears both into Haiti and distributed to area orphanages and shelters. We first looked to our friends at LIFT, who helped coordinate the safe travel of these teddy bears to Haiti, but the bears were caught up in customs for some time. We put out a plea for help with the teddy bears and luckily heard from Can-Do, who assisted us in getting the bears out of customs. Grassroots United provided transportation of the teddy bears from customs to the facility where we coordinated teddy bear distribution. Can-Do also helped us deliver the massive amount of teddy bears to local orphanages. IMAT also assisted us in passing our the stuffed animals at area orphanages where both teams taught cholera prevention while handing out the Christmas gifts. We also brought a shipment of bears to the newly founded We Advance, which will enable them to hand out bears at battered women’s clinics and women’s shelters. With all of this cooperation, coordination and team work, thousands of children now have wonderful new stuffed toys to share their Christmas day with. Check out some of the pictures below to see some of the children who received bears today!

Ultimately, we would like to thank you for your continued support and interest in our organization as we work daily to better the lives of those living in Haiti. To learn more about any of our affiliate organizations, please click on their names in the article to be linked up to their website. If you were touched by this story at all, please consider giving to any of these small NGO's, where even a little donation goes quite a long way. We would like to wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and New Year!