American Red Cross

Red Cross volunteers and staff work to deliver vital services – from providing relief and support to those in crisis, to helping you be prepared to respond in emergencies. Their mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.​ We are honored to provide teddy bears to be given to children impacted by disasters, both big and small, around the country.  Since 2016, Build-A-Bear Foundation has donated nearly 20,000 furry friends.

Canine Companions for Independence

Canine Companions for Independence provides highly trained assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities. Established in 1975, Canine Companions has training centers across the country, including California, Florida, Ohio, New York and Texas. Canine Companions is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. There is no charge for the dog, its training and ongoing follow-up services.  Build-A-Bear Foundation donated $300,000 in 2017, in celebration of Build-A-Bear’s 20th Birthday, and is sponsoring Heartley, a service dog in training!  Heartley was named following a vote by Build-A-Bear Guests and is being raised near their St. Louis headquarters.  Follow Heartley’s journey at!

Canine Companions for Independence

Baby2Baby provides children living in poverty, ages 0-12 years, with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. In the last 8 years, Baby2Baby has distributed over 70 million items to children in homeless shelters, domestic violence programs, foster care, hospitals and underserved schools as well as children who have lost everything in the wake of disaster.  Build-A-Bear Foundation provides teddy bears for Baby2Baby Rescue Bundles, given to children in foster care. 

Shriners Hospitals for Children transforms children’s lives by providing exceptional healthcare through innovative research, in a patient and family-centered environment. Their mission is to Provide the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment.