As we were planning this year’s Home for the Holidays, it was important to all of the editors at Simple Living Media to make it about giving in many ways, not just presents and giveaways, though those are wonderful things.
We decided that we wanted to dedicate a day to shine the spotlight on some great organizations doing amazing things for others. Each editor picked a cause near and dear to her heart and I chose 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. Last fall many of the podcasters had a knit-a-long, making bears to donate to the charity and I was intrigued.
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.
But I loved the idea of knitting projects being made to bring comfort to people I don’t know, will never even meet, but who have a need that I can fulfill – a way to reach out and make a difference, one stitch at a time. I knew I had to find out more about this organization.
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 a knitter, and as a mother who knows how much her own children are connected to their stuffed animals, 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 need to be involved in making a difference.
To date, the Mother Bear Project has made 69,200 bears. I would love to see Simple Kids readers push that close to the 70,000 mark – and together I think we could do it!
There are lots of 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 can purchase it online or by mail. 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
- Join the Mother Bear Project on facebook
- Purchase Mother Bear gifts
- Make a monetary donation
- Donate needed supplies
I plan to knit a bear in honor of each of my children. I’d love to have other Simple Living Media readers knitting and crocheting along with me. I’ll be checking in and updating you on my progress in the coming months as I create my bears. I hope some of you will join me.
If you don’t knit or crochet, I encourage you support this worthy charity in other ways.
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