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. I have been blown away by the response from our community and the kindness of strangers towards to support more than 100 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!
Each year we work alongside nationally recognized children’s health care providers and non-profits to bring the magic of Budsies to kids in need of a little hope and comfort. Over the years we have partnered with Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital, The Mayo Clinic, Ronald McDonald House in New York, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Children’s Hospital Colorado, and The Ladybug House. If you’re interested in becoming a Budsies Pals Partner please email us at [email protected].
We are INCREDIBLY thankful for the generosity of all our community sponsors. We'd like to especially thank our Premier Sponsors: Elizabeth Smith and Knowbly. Each has sponsored an entire hospital. Thank you for making a more huggable world! If you're interested in underwriting a hospital, please email [email protected] for more information.
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.