Today, September 9, is National Teddy Bear day and Snuggle is continuing its mission to make the world a softer place, spreading joy and brightening people’s day through the simple, heartfelt act of giving away teddy bears through #ShareABear. Snuggle recognizes that small acts of kindness make a big difference. So starting today, and throughout the month of SeptemBEAR, they are encouraging everyone to take part in the #ShareABear movement by sharing a photo, video or story of you and a special teddy bear in your life. As part of the movement, Snuggle will donate 5,000 bears through Random Acts, a non-profit organization, to help brighten the days of children in need.
To kick off the effort, Snuggle surprised some special friends with a snuggly act of kindness, sharing teddy bears to help celebrate his favorite holiday and to encourage others to #ShareABear.
The positive effects of teddy bears are well documented, providing people with a rare companionship that very few other things can match. Particularly during times of sickness or stress, they can bring comfort and reassurance. And, at any age, holding a teddy bear can trigger a release of “feel good” hormones. (Source: Tai, Kenneth; Zheng, Xue; and Narayanan, Jayanth. Touching a Teddy Bear Mitigates the Negative Effects of Social Exclusion. (2011). Social Psychological and Personality Science. , 2(6) , 618. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business).
Snuggle surveyed over 5,500 consumers to discover the true importance of the teddy bear in people’s lives. Results showed:
o 73% of people had a teddy bear as their first stuffed animal
o 38% still sleep with their teddy bear but won’t tell their friends!
o 71% still find comfort in their bear when sick
o 54% have passed down a teddy bear to a child or loved one
o 44% of people own more than four teddy bears!
Random Acts is a global non-profit organization, now celebrating its 5th anniversary, which aims to conquer the world, one random act of kindness at a time. Its network of child-focused charities includes, but is not limited to: Children’s Aid Society, New York; People Serving People, Minnesota; HELP of South Nevada and Bradley Angle, Oregon.
“We are excited to partner with Snuggle to make National Teddy Bear Day a truly special day for children in need,” said Cinde Monsam, Executive Director of Random Acts. “Thanks to Snuggle Bear, we will be delivering 5,000 acts of kindness, and we can’t think of a better time to honor #ShareABear than on National Teddy Bear Day.”
Visit randomacts.org, like Random Acts on facebook.com/randomactsorg, and follow on twitter.com/randomactsorg, randomactsorg.tumblr.com, instagram.com/randomactsorg, or youtube.com/therandomactorg for more information.