We are 1000 Bearhugs

1000 Bearhugs is a heartwarming toy drive campaign to bring huggable bears and plushies to children displaced by conflict or disaster like Super Typhoon Yolanda (aka Haiyan).

Play is a child's natural language and a means for them to make sense of their experiences. Trauma can be addressed through the experiential narratives of play therapy and allows a child to speak of what he or she has gone through when they cannot find the words to do so. These toys provide children with a certain amount of security in a sometimes-scary world.

We will be collecting stuffed toys from November 9 - December 8 for a Christmas delivery for the children in the evacuation centers of Leyte, Panay and Bohol.

We also hope you find the time to help other immediate #reliefPH efforts as well, such as providing food, water, clothing and medicines to those who need it most.

Send A Hug

  • We accept brand new and clean pre-loved stuffed toys.

    Stuffed toys must be of huggable size for children age 1 - 12.

    Toy drive runs from November 9 to December 8 2013.

    To save on space, kindly avoid sending toys listed below:

    Participating Drop-Off Centers

    For overseas donations, please email donate@1000bearhugs.org

    • Torn or damaged
    • Hard & Plastic
    • Battery-operated
    • Sharp & weapon-like
  • Help us gather enough stuffed toys by setting up mini-toy drives at home, office and schools.

    Toy drive runs from November 9 to December 8, 2013.

    We offer pick-up of toys 1000 and up.

    Download 1000 Bearhugs Toy Drive Kit

    Included: 1. Posters 2. Dropbox Labels 3. Toy Guide

    (Available for A4 & A3 sizes).

    Help us share the hugs to everyone by tagging us with your tweets and posts: @1000bearhugs #1000Bearhugs

  • Together, we make challenging time easier to bear.

    Join #carebearteam if you are interested in:

    • awareness campagin
    • toydrives
    • toy therapy
    • trauma debriefing
    • logistics

    Email as at volunteer@1000bearhugs.org

Common Questions

What kind of toys I can donate?[+]

Brand new or pre-loved clean stuffed toys like bears and plushies.

Is there a required size or limit?[+]

Yes! Toys must be huggable-sized, max of 2 feet height, no minimum size.

Are you accepting crayons, coloring books, pre-loved books?[+]

We only accept stuffed toys for the meantime.

We only accept stuffed toys for the meantime.[+]

Here’s the list of our drop-off points: http://tiny.cc/tvnf6w

Until when can I participate in the toy drive?[+]

Toy drive runs from November 9 - December 8 2013

Do we bring the toys to the drop-off points as is or should it already be packed in boxes?[+]

We will repack separately. Toys must be checked, wrapped (water-proof) for dispatch or storage.

I want to organize a toy drive in my area what can I do?[+]

Thank you! Download the toy drive kit here: http://tiny.cc/ctnf6w Email us at donate@1000bearhugs.org if you want to be included on publicly listed drop-off points.

Do you do pick-up of toys?[+]

Due to limited logistics, we can only offer to pick up toys 1000 and up

When is the toy distribution?[+]

It depends how fast the basic infrastructure of afflicted communities will be restored. We do the distribution usually when the emergency responders have cleared the area and evacuation camps are all settled.

Do you work with psychologist / social workers?[+]

Yes, we work with established NGOs, psychologist and social workers on the grounds that are directly involved trauma debriefing and psychosocial interventions.

Can we join in the distribution?[+]

Yes, as long as you are self-sufficient to travel, you may join our distribution.

Who is behind 1000 Bearhugs campaign?[+]

1000 Bearhugs is a disaster-response initiative of volunteer-organization Black Pencil Project (www.blackpencilproject.org) in collaboration with Cathy Babao-Guballa and other various organizations.

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