Build-A-Bear Workshop Makes Giving a Priority! *Plus, Giveaway!* CLOSED

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I love supporting businesses that make it a priority to give back to their communities.  During the holiday season many of us turn our minds toward how we can help those around us in need.  A new survey conducted by Build-A-Bear Workshop has found more than 60 percent of moms polled said when selecting holiday gifts they prefer products that benefit charities.  Moms have spoken and Build-A-Bear has listened!  Build-A-Bear Workshop has created several furry friends that give back to causes that support children’s health and wellness, education and literacy and domestic and wild animals.  

Turner Owl is just one example of animals from Build-A-Bear Workshop that supports special causes through the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation. when you purchase the new Turner Owl™, Build-A-Bear Workshop donates 50 cents to First Book to provide new books to children from low-income families and 50 cents to the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation to support other literacy and education programs.

Champ is a beary special teddy!  When you purchase Champ (you may dress Champ in a variety of styles) $1 from your purchase is donated to the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation which makes grants to causes that support children’s health such as juvenile diabetes, autism, children’s cancer research or other important wellness causes for children.

For each Jack Russell Terrier or other kennel pal that is purchased Build-A-Bear donates $1 from the sale of this Bearemy’s Kennel Pals® friend to the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation to help real animals.

Build-A-Bear donation animals are just one way that Build-A-Bear gives back to the community.  You can join in giving back by purchasing any of these and other Build-A-Bear donation animals from your local Build-A-Bear or from  What a wonderful way to give back this holiday season!

Until Sunday, that’s right just one more day so you gotta jump on this one, all Build-A-Bear locations will be collecting toy donations for Toys for Tots!  Hurry on over with your new, unwrapped toys and make a donation to help brighten a child’s Chrismas!

If you can’t make it by Sunday during the month of December you can a $1 donation (or more) to support Toys for Tots when you check out in the store or online.  Last year, through the generosity of guests, Build-A-Bear raised nearly $400,000 for the Toys for Tots program!   

Now for the Surprise!

Build-A-Bear Workshop is generously offering one of my readers a $25 Gift Certificate to Build-A-Bear!
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  1. We always participate in a Charity for Kids that my husbands' work sponsors, our children love helping other children!
  2. Each year my family and I volunteer to help out at our community holiday party. My daughter and I read books and help sort clothes that are donated, my sister helps sorts and pass out toys and my brother in law plays Santa. It reminds us each year that there are so many that has so little and that we are blessed to have what we do.
  3. We go caroling at a nursing home.
  4. We do different things every year. We always try to donate to the Food Bank, and we always give some sort of gift to someone we feel could use it.
  5. We always try to give a little fo ourselves either by helping out a neighbor or visiting a shut in.
  6. Mamushi Love says
    One of the malls near us puts up trees donning tags. The tags have names of needy children, teens, or adults who could use a little Christmas cheer, and my sister and I each take one and buy a gift or two for them.
  7. Amethyst Moon says
    We always adopt a family and the kids are responsible for shopping for the kids items. They get so excited about it.
  8. We take an ornament off the GIving Tree and buy a gift for a needy family. We also go through our house and find the toys/coats/canned goods/clothing that we can part with to give to local drives and food pantry to help others in our area.
  9. Ellsworth B says
    We recently moved to an area not far from a homeless tent village. We are planning to hand out gift packages of snacks and items of warmth like gloves, hats, and socks.
  10. We started one this year. My girls started saving all of their change and we bought for an angel from their school. My girls had the choice of buying for each other or an angel and they choose the angel. They've already started saving for next year. I'm really proud of my girls. thank you!
  11. we go through toys and clothes and donate them. makes room for new stuff and helps out others.
  12. Courtney Meyer says
    Every Christmas, we go to our church and wrap presents for kids who have a parent in prison and then we deliver the gift on their behalf.
  13. Chisum's Crew says
    We buy for the Angel Tree and donate food each year. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com
  14. We always have all the kids pick a name off of hte angel tree and go buy that kid a present.
  15. Now that my kids are married, we do a scavenger hunt. It is a lot of fun!!
  16. Helping make meals.