Budsies Pals

Making a Huggable World, Together!

Each summer, we partner with a nationally recognized children's healthcare provider to identify children who would benefit from having a huggable plushie. In past years, we've worked with Joe DiMaggio's Children's Hospital. The Mayo Clinic, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta to give Budsies plushies to over 20 wonderful children. I was blown away at the response from our community.

This year, we are honored to work with not one but THREE (!) wonderful organizations. Caroline Snodgrass, the Artist in Residence at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, to bring the magic of Budsies to 20 wonderful children. Margaret Crane worked with 12 children at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston . I'm also thrilled to invite our newest partner this year thanks to Hailey McPhee: the Ladybug House in Seattle, Washington - a respite care home for children through young adults with life-limiting illnesses. 

Amidst all the injustice happening worldwide and the sobering stream of selfishness in our daily lives, I appreciate that we can pause to embrace our humanity and spread more love. Thank you for helping us make a more huggable world,

Alex Furmansky
Founder & CEO

Receive a Free Drawing & Storybook

A digital copy of our exclusive children’s book “Dongler’s Dinner Quest”!
We’ll send you a digital copy of the coloring book via email for you to download when ready!

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Enjoy over 25 beautifully illustrated color pages, where your child’s drawings will help Dongler get home in time for dinner!

Budsies Pals Class of 2018

budsies pals 2018

2018 Sponsors

We're so thankful to the following sponsors who funded Budsies for all of our 50+ children. Thank you for making a more huggable world!

  • Karen - Severna Park, MD
  • The Balsizer Family - Johnstown, OH
  • Kevin & Brett - Colorado Springs, CO
  • Loubert Family - Redondo Beach, CA
  • Shoshannh Cookie Co
  • Tyler - Bernardsville, NJ 
  • Carey - GA
  • Rebecca - Keizer, OR
  • Allan - New York, NY
  • Sarah - Sag Harbor, NY
  • Knowbly
  • Elizabeth from Brooklyn, NY
  • Peyton from New York, NY
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous on behalf of Dongler
  • Skylar & Alexandra
  • Anonymous
  • Chenelle - Cranston, RI
  • Patricia - PA
  • Adam - CT
  • Anonymous
  • Tom and Cindy - FL
  • Karen - TX
  • Bill - Colorado Springs, CO
  • Richard - Melbourne, Australia
  • Susan - Columbia, MO
  • Shayna
  • Frances - New York
  • Adam - Austin, TX
  • Michael - Manorville
  • Anonymous
  • Rory - Boulder, CO
  • Lynn - Plantation
  • Deborah - Columbu, OH 
  • Greg - Illinois
  • Jackson, Katie, Lennon & Lincoln LeStrange
  • Tracie - Kansas City, MO
  • Maiya - London, ON, Canada
  • Michelle - NY
  • Melena & Carissa - Minnesota 
  • Christopher - Dumont, NJ
  • Anonymous

Prior Year's Video

Here's the video of the kiddos receiving their Budsies. It's been such a pleasure working with Caroline and CHOA on this project and we look forward to presenting Budsies to countless children in the future!

How It Works

Step 1

child patient holding artwork

Coordinators at partner hospitals identify children & help them with their drawing.

Step 2

Sponsors holding photos of children

Each child is paired with a sponsor from our Budsies Community (that's you!).

Step 3

Happy child with Budsies custom stuffed animal

The magical plushies are delivered to the kiddos to offer them comfort & happiness. Donors often receive photos of their sponsored child with their Budsies plushie!

Thank You

Thank you so much for your support of the Budsies Pals program. Your sponsorship provides magical hugs to patients like Anthony:

Anthony with his Budsie "I wished I videotaped his reaction. I cannot begin to tell you how much these stuffed animals have meant to the patients. Receiving this new friend really cheered him up!"


Q: Why did you choose this format for the Budsies Pals program?

A: We very strongly believe in direct giving. We believe donors appreciate seeing the direct impact of their contributions. Imagine seeing the child you sponsored holding the Budsies plushie you provided for them.


Q: Why not just donate money to a charity?

A: There is certainly a place for monetary donations. But while anyone can give money, only the Budsies community can deliver the magical experience of a custom plushie to give comfort to the kiddos in the toughest of times.


Q: Do you have the rights to show photos of these children?

A: Yes of course! We obtain written parental approval before publicly posting any photo. And a photo of the child is not required for families to enter the Budsies Pals program.


Q: What if nobody sponsors a particular child?

A: Don't worry - no child will be left without a magical Budsies pal! We at Budsies underwrite this program and happily cover the cost of Budsies for those children.


We deliver down under!
We deliver to the U.K.!
We deliver to Canada!
¡Enviamos a España!
¡Enviamos a Mexico!
We deliver to India!
We deliver to Singapore!
Consegnamo nel Bel Paese!
Vi leverer til Danmark!
Livraison en France!
אנחנו עושים משלוחים גם לארץ ישראל!
We deliver to New Zealand!
Nagpapadala rin kami sa Pilipinas!
Wir liefern nach Deutschland!
Wij leveren ook af in Nederland!
Enviamos para o Brasil!
We deliver to Éire!
We deliver to Hong Kong!
Wir liefern nach Schweiz!