Bear For Bear
We design, manufacturer, and sell our own teddy bears to support kids who have been through trauma thru a buy one give one model, Bear For Bear™.
In 2015, I (Rachel Cohen) was living in Southeast Asia when I saw the extreme trauma kids go through every day and came back wanting to do something.
Coming back, I realized trauma was a growing issue even in my own city. In the US alone, 34 million kids have experienced at least one form of trauma. Feeling safe, secure and having connection are foundational needs for healthy brain development.
To support the kids, I had an idea to sell teddy bears as a buy one, give one model. For each bear purchased, one would go to a child who experienced trauma. My Bear Jeff was born! While we can’t stop trauma, the bears can provide a sense of comfort.
In just 4 months, we’ve gone from just an idea to finding an outstanding manufacturing partner and creating a prototype, ready for production and partnering up with excited local Kansas City nonprofits to bring this idea to life.
Each bear comes with a heart stitched on the left side which symbolizes the rare heart procedure Rachel had at age 4 and miraculously made it through.
The materials used are soft velboa and nylon/cotton stufﬁng with tricot accents.
Our bears are manufactured in a high quality facility in China and have met or exceeded all our quality control and ICTI protocol. The bears will meet all ISO, EN71 and ASTM standards.