12 Organizations Who Want Your Handmade Teddy Bears

Why Teddy Bears? 

Handmade teddy bears are always a good DIY charity choice. According to research a short face, large forehead and round cheeks are the facial proportions that are the most comforting plush toys. These proportions have become the face of the modern day bear.

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Give Handmade Teddy Bears Locally

Plush handmade teddy bears can get bulky. Contact local shelters or children’s hospitals to find out if they are accepting bears. Shipping can get expensive and that’s money you could donate to the charity with your bears.

Homeless Shelter Finder

Domestic Shelters has an extensive list of local shelters in every state including their wish lists. Save on shipping your items and find a location near you for your donations.

What you can make to donate:
Each shelter has different needs. Common items are:

Through our Teddy Bear Brigade program, we collect new and gently used stuffed animals and provide them to children facing natural disasters or living in extreme poverty. On average, we give away 35,000 stuffed animals a year, bringing comfort to children everywhere.

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Project Smile has collected over 44,000 stuffed animals and donated to 200 police and fire departments across the country. They give the stuffed animals to children as a comfort during a crisis.

What you can make to donate:

  • Stuffed Animals
  • Dolls
  • Small Toys

Bev personally makes little stuffed toys for locals in need of a cuddle. She leaves them in a shoe box with a sign. Set up your own Cuddle Box or help Bev fill hers.

What you can make to donate:

  • Small stuffed animals and dolls

Samaritan’s Purse is a faith based organization that has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine. Their shoe box project can include many handmade items.

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Project Night Night donates packages each year to homeless children 12 and under. Each Night Night Package contains a new security blanket, an age-appropriate children’s book, and a stuffed animal — all nestled inside of a new canvas tote bag.

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Dolls of Hope sews, collects, and ships teddy bears to children and refugee camps oversees.  They provide the patterns free of charge.

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Intermountain Foundation Primary Children’s Hospital has been helping children, families, and communities across the western United States for almost 100 years. Our simple philosophy of The Child First and Always®, informs every decision we make, and how we care for patients and families.

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Blankets and Bears provide pillows, blankets and cuddly stuffed animals to children to warm their souls and nurture the mental, physical and spiritual growth of all children.

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Threads of Love Ministry provides clothing, blankets and other handmade articles for tiny premature and sick infants. 

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