HeroImageWide_Crop3.jpg

A warm fuzzy hug from a furry friend.

IS JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED FOR CHILDREN BATTLING SERIOUS ILLNESS OR TRAUMA.

image2.jpeg

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.

 
Baby with Teddy Bear

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                                                           Juravinski Hospital Hamilton
Cancer Assistance Program                                      Kristen French Centre for Child Advocacy
Children's Aid  Foundation Halton                          Lighthouse for Grieving Children
Children's Aid  Foundation Kenora                         London Children's Hospital
Children's Aid  Foundation London                         McMaster Children's Hospital
Children's Aid  Foundation Peel                                 Nanny Angel Network
Darling Home for Kids                                                       Native Women's Centre: Hamilton
Halton Police: Victim Services                                     Niagara Children's Centre
Hamilton Police: Victim Services                               Ronald McDonald House Hamilton
Hospice Niagara                                                                   Wellspring Cancer Centre
Interval House Hamilton

 
 
ComfortBearsBrownPATTERN-01.png

2140  Bears... and counting!

 
 
LittleBoyCheckupBear.jpg

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.

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.

CB Darling.jpg
 
 
 
CB Zoe.jpg

$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.

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.

HamiltonFirefightersSq.png
Sprott foundation.png
ComfortBearsSponsorsSquare.png
childrens fund.webp
walmartt.jpg
100 Women FW.png
charity of Hope.jfif
Childrens Grief Foundation.jpg
woodbine cares.png
HCF.jpg
boehringer.jpg
OCF Logo.jfif
SydneyWoodSponsorSq.png
google2.0.0.jpg
Gym on Locke.jfif
Linh.jpg

Team Comfort Bear

lena b.jpg
Kelli_Bugden_8560.jpg
NancyGuzzoLinkedIn.png

Kelli Bugden

Vice Chair

 Lena Bassford

Founder and Board Chair

Nancy Guzzo

Secretary Treasurer

Deb CB.jpg

Debb Fioravanti
Director

nicole.jfif

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.

EMAIL: lena@comfortbears.ca

905 - 921 - 1281

CB Hospital.jpg

Charitable # 782530547 RR0001

ComfortBearLogoTaglineHorizontal-01.png
 

Introducing Comfort Bear

ComfortBearLightCropped.png

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.