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A warm fuzzy hug from a furry friend.



Bringing sunshine to kids on their cloudiest days!

Comfort Bears provides cuddly bears for children with terminal illness or  experiencing serious trauma. Having a bear to hold onto makes a big difference for a child going through difficult times in their young lives.


Comfort Bears are affixed with a tag providing the name of the individual or group donating this special friend.


Bears are provided to hospitals, first responders and community organizations who gift the bears to children in need.

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We're on a very cuddly mission!

Our mission is to provide Comfort Bears as a symbol of well-being for children experiencing treatments for serious illnesses or trauma to lessen their anxiety and stress.


Our Vision:

  • We believe that providing children receiving invasive treatment with a symbol of comfort will lessen the stress associated with their illness or trauma.

  • We believe in interacting with children and their families in a non-stigmatizing, impactful and inclusive manner ensuring dignity.

  • We believe in collaborative partnerships with volunteers, hospitals, first responders, businesses and funders to collectively support children and their families.

  • We believe that by maintaining the highest standards, we can provide a valuable service through transparency and fiscal accountability 

We are so proud to partner with the following  organizations, who ensure our beautiful bears are placed into the loving arms of a child in need
Bob Kemp Hospice                                                         Lighthouse for Grieving Children  
Cancer Assistance Program                                    London Children's Hospital
Children's Aid  Foundation Halton                        McMaster Children's Hospital
Children's Aid  Foundation Kenora                       Margaret's Place Hospice  
Children's Aid  Foundation London                       MacKenzie Health: Vaughan  
Children's Aid  Foundation Peel                               N
anny Angel Network
Darling Home for Kids                                                     Native Women's Centre: Hamilton                                       Hamilton Police: Victim Services                             Niagara Children's Centre
Halton Police: Victim Services                                   Oakville Trafalgar Hospital                        
Hospice Niagara                                                                  Ronald McDonald House Hamilton
Interval House Hamilton                                                 St
Catharine's General Hospital    
Juravinski Hospital Hamilton                                       Wellspring Cancer Centre, Niagara  
Kristen French Centre for Child Advocacy                                                                                                                                                                                         


3140  Bears... and counting!

About / Who we hep

Comfort Bear
and Illness

Comfort Bears are provided to children with serious illness helping shift the child’s focus from the stress and anxiety of treatments to a more comforting experience. The bear  can serve as a teaching tool the doctor can use to explain procedures and treatments so that they are not so scary for our young superheroes.  

Rather than their primary memory being needles and fear, we hope they recall the moment they were introduced to their new stuffed friend who helped them through their challenges. It symbolizes their strength and resiliency managing, for some, excruciatingly difficult medical interventions.

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Comfort Bears and
Community Organizations

For children facing trauma from a serious vehicle collision,

child abuse, home violence or a death in the family, Comfort

Bear shifts the child’s focus from the stress and anxiety of 

the moment, to comfort. Often, the child is unable to process

or express their feelings surrounding the gravity of the trauma

surrounding them.

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First Responders
Volunteer Application
Home: The Bears
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$20 Provides a lifelong Teddy Friend for a child in need

We are 100%  managed by volunteers so every dollar donated is used to purchase  bears for our program. Best of all, your donation will place one of our loving bears into the arms of a child in need.

Introducing Comfort Bear

The 12” bears are super soft, cuddly and of the highest quality and are provided for little and big kids ages 1 - 18 years in need of a cozy hug and some comfort..

Comfort Bears are purchased wholesale through a Canadian distributor. The cost for each bear is $25 with 100% of the cost donated by individuals, groups and businesses who share our passion for this service.

Team Comfort Bear

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 Lena Bassford

Founder and Board Chair

Nancy Guzzo

Secretary Treasurer

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Debb Fioravanti

Priya Bhatia

Nicole Martin

CHCH TV Reporter

Comfort Bears Program Ambassador

Want to get in on this warm + fuzzy initiatve?

As we are 100% volunteer based, it best to reach us by email for additional information  how you can support Comfort Bears.


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Charitable # 782530547 RR0001


We couldn't support so many children without a caring community!

Thank you to our sponsors for joining us on our journey bringing happiness to some very brave and special kids.


We are beyond grateful to Spin Master
Toys for donating 1,000 Gund Bears to our

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Our heartfelt thanks to the Sprott Foundation, a founding sponsor for your generous donation  and unconditional support. 

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