As we were planning this year’s Home for the Holidays, it was important to all of the editors at Simple Living Media that we include the tradition we started last year: a charity focus.
We wanted to dedicate a day amidst the giveaways and other festivities to shine the spotlight on some truly great organizations who are dedicated to doing good things for others.
Each editor picked a cause near and dear to her heart. This year I returned to my favorite charity, the Mother Bear Project.
Make a Bear. Make a Difference.
I first learned about The Mother Bear Project through some of the knitting podcasts that I listen to. Two year ago, many of my favorite crafty podcasters had a knit-a-long, making bears to donate to the charity.
As a knitter, the act of knitting brings me comfort, and my hope is that the knitted items I make for my family and friends bring them comfort and joy, too.
I love the idea of using handwork as a way to extend my reach. The idea of something I make bringing comfort to people I don”t know, will never even meet, but who have a need that I can fulfill – that encourages me in my crafting. The Mother Bear Project provides a way to reach out and offer comfort, one stitch at a time.
The Mother Bear Project is dedicated to making a difference and bringing comfort to children impacted by AIDS/HIV in emerging nations by giving them a handmade bear. The bears are knit or crocheted and then given to the children with a tag signed by the crafter who poured his or her love into the stitches.
As as a mother who knows how much her own children are connected to their stuffed animals, and as a knitter, I was immediately drawn to the project. When my kids are sad or scared, they cuddle with their “lovies” and find comfort. Every child deserves to have a bear to love and cuddle – to find comfort.
I can”t imagine the hardships and heartaches children impacted by AIDS and HIV face, but I only have to look at the faces of my own kids to know that I needed to be involved in making a difference.
To date, the Mother Bear Project has made and distributed over 82,000 bears.
Don”t knit or crochet? Take heart! There are several ways to get involved with The Mother Bear Project, even if you can”t knit a stitch.
The pattern for the bears (knit or crochet) is $5 and . You create your bear, everyone uses the same pattern, and then send it to Mother Bear along with $3 to cover the cost of shipping. The bears then head off to their new homes, ready to be loved and offer comfort and joy.
However, you don”t have to knit or crochet to get involved with The Mother Bear Project. In fact, there are many ways you can help get bears into the arms of kids around the world who need their comfort.
You can …
- Knit or crochet bears
- Sponsor bears for $10 per bear
- Join the Mother Bear Project on facebook
- Purchase Mother Bear gifts
- Make a monetary donation
- Donate needed supplies
Together, I think we can help The Mother Bear Project make a difference in the lives of kids affected by AIDS and HIV.
“Make a Bear. Make a Difference.” – the Mother Bear Project motto