Every July 20, I am always reminded about the summer of 1969 and the first landing on the moon. I was a camp counselor in Atlanta and worked weekends at the pool. I was 20 years old and it was a summer of great possibilities—I had my entire life ahead of me and with the landing on the moon, it seemed like the cure for cancer and heart disease and poverty and illiteracy could easily eradicate these problems.  41 years later as we see the space program come to a slow end, we have made progress but we are still faced with these challenges.


Round up all the smart, caring kids in the USA and Canada who are doing great things helping others, invest in their projects and encourage them to do more and find more just like them. Name it Huggable Heroes.

This week our Huggable Heroes 2010 class is being officially presented in St. Louis, MO and what a talented bunch they are. Alaina works to educate girls in Afghanistan, Jordan plays his violin thru his Concerts for a Cure to raise money for cutting edge research to eradicate neurological diseases. Melissa helps kids with diabetes and Tatiana and Riley and Charles through three different foundations strive to eliminate illiteracy around the world. Matthew helps kids in need in Canada. Dylan through his Lil MDG organization is changing the world. Allison raises money to buy needed items for our soldiers in Afghanistan and Ashlee collects toys and books for kids in the USA, Canada and Haiti. These 10 GREAT kids join our past Huggable Heroes  (all 60+ of them) like our Guest speaker, Talia Lehman of resolved to make our world a better place to live, work and play. We will do our best to help them achieve their goals.

Sometimes it does take rocket science but ALL the time it takes a heart and a helping paw.

Thanks to our amazing 2010 Huggable Heroes—we are BEARY proud of you and even prouder to just know you.


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  1. maruchi Santana Says:

    I love this initiative!

    Seeing kids care for others at this younger age is very inspiring and promising.

    In the fall I’m a Girl Scout leader helper for our Junior girl scout troop ages 8-10. One of my trips wil be to Build a Bear in Fifth Avenue, the girls will make a bear for a special person in their lives and include a special wish.

    I wish you continue success, and thank you for your touching story about your dad. I was also my dad’s favorite girl!


  2. Reyna Says:

    Thanks Huggable Heroes! Few people make a difference, thanks for being those few people 😉

  3. abbiyodelbear3 Says:

    Hi maxine! 😀 I’m abbiyodelbear3 and I just love this post. 🙂 Sometimes I dream about being a huggable heroe 🙂 On buildabearville I’m going to start a project I call “Bear bills for dollars.” Every 100 bear bills will be $1 and those dollars are all going to charity in real life! 🙂 I really really hope you could support this idea! 🙂

    Thank you 🙂 ,

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