This year, we are honored to work with:
Every year, we partner with different hospitals to help bring joy and comfort in the form of huggable stuffed animals to children who are undergoing treatment. In past years, we've worked with Joe DiMaggio's Children's Hospital, The Mayo Clinic, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and The Lady Bug House to give over 90 kiddos the chance to bring their drawings to life. I have been blown away by the response from our community and the kindness of strangers towards these brave kiddos. Together, we're helping give these kids a fun experience and their very own huggable buddy to accompany them during their time at the hospital.
Amidst all the sadness and injustice happening worldwide, I appreciate that we can pause to embrace our humanity and spread more love. Thank you for helping us make a more huggable world,
Founder & CEO
Coordinators at partner hospitals identify children & help them with their drawing.
Each child is paired with a sponsor from our Budsies Community (that's you!).
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!
Here's one of our first reveal videos of the kiddos receiving their Budsies. It's been such a pleasure working with CHOA throughout the years on this project and we look forward to presenting Budsies to countless children in the future!
We are INCREDIBLY thankful for the generosity of Elizabeth Smith and Knowbly. Ms. Smith is sponsoring all the children at the Children's Hospital of Chicago and the Knowbly team is sponsoring all the children at Children's Hospital of Atlanta.
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!
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.