In full disclosure, I will tell you that I have never visited a Build-A-Bear Workshop. Yes, I'm guilty. I've known about Build-A-Bear and even have friends who have taken their kids – and proudly show off their precious bear, when you meet them. But, I've never had the pleasure of building a bear.
So, I have no vested interest in this post, today. Except to congratulate Build-A-Bear Workshops on their Huggable Heroes program. This program, according to my resources, has been around for seven years – and I think it deserves a space here on Lip-sticking.
Each year, for the past seven, Build-A-Bear Workshop, through the Huggable Heroes program, has been on the search for young leaders making positive contributions to their communities – here in the U.S. and around the world.
Ten Huggable Heroes will be chosen this year, recognized and honored for their good deeds. We're talking kids – between the ages of eight to 18, from the U.S. and Canada (somehow, Canada doesn't make up "around the world" but that's what the press release says). The winners will receive a prize worth $10K (divided into $7500 as an educational scholarship and $2500 from the Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation to be donated to the 501(c)(3) charity of the winner's choice.)
They also get to visit St. Louis, home of the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bearquarters (that is really cute!), along with their parents.
While there, the 2010 Huggable Heroes will also meet each other (priceless), be honored for their good deeds and they will also participate in a photo shoot for the 2011 Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes Calendar! W00t!
Entries are being accepted only through February 26th… at this link. Or, by visiting a Build-A-Bear Workshop store in the U.S. or Canada and picking up an entry form there. If YOU know someone who deserves this honor, get moving. Share this idea, get involved, be part of the good deeds we do, in 2010 and beyond.
NOTE: this is non-gender! Get your sons involved, too!