Each summer, we partner with a nationally recognized children's healthcare provider to identify kiddos who would benefit from having a huggable plushie. Last year, we worked with Joe DiMaggio's Children's Hospital & The Mayo Clinic to give Budsies plushies to 6 wonderful children. I was blown away at the response from our community.
This year, we are honored to partner with Caroline Snodgrass, Artist in Residence at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), to bring the magic of Budsies to 20 wonderful children.
Amidst all the madness 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
UPDATE: Here's the video of the kiddos receiving their Budsies. It's been such a pleasure working with CHOA on this project and we look forward to presenting Budsies to countless children in the future!
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!
Thank you so much for your support of the Budsies Pals program. Your sponsorship provides magical hugs to patients like Anthony:
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'll send you a reminder as promised.
And now back to more plush cuteness!