A warm fuzzy hug from a furry friend.



Bringing sunshine to kids on their cloudiest days!

Comfort Bears provides cuddly bears for children facing serious illness or have experienced 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 individually sanitized and packaged with a tag providing the name of the individual or group donating this special friend.


Bears are provided to hospitals when children are admitted for long-term stay or requiring multiple-surgeries to manage an illness. The bears are also provided to first responders to provide to children during a crisis.

In 2022, we hope to distribute 1,000 bears with your help.


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 


"During his first hospital stay, the 5 year old received a stuffed bear he named Sammy. After multiple tests and surgeries to treat aggressive lymphoma, Sammy was always by his side. The now tattered stuffed bear accompanies him into every operating room and helps him to sleep at night."


Comfort Bear

in Hospitals

A hospital visit can be a frightening experience for a child, especially in an emergency. A Comfort Bear helps shift the child’s focus from the stress and anxiety of treatments to a more comforting experience.

A comfort Bear does more beyond comforting the child. It 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
First Responders



For children facing trauma from a vehicle collision, home violence or a death in the family, Comfort Bear shifts the child’s focus from the stress and anxiety of the moment. In many of life’s unexpected circumstances, the child is unable to process or express their feelings surrounding the gravity of the trauma surrounding them.

The kind gesture of providing a cuddly bear from a First Responder, may lessen the trauma in that moment of crisis. 


Introducing Comfort Bear








The 12” bears are super soft, cuddly and of the highest quality.  Every bear is sanitized and placed individually into sterilized biodegradable eco-packaging ensuring safety for all children.

The bears are provided for little and big kids aged 2 - 18 years in need of a cozy hug and some comfort.

The cost for each bear is $20 with 100% of the cost donated by individuals, groups and businesses who share our passion for this service.


A little kindness can go a long way

There are many ways to help. Here are a few ways you can make a difference:

  • Deliver our cuddly bears to participating hospitals, police stations, Fire Stations or EMS stations at various Hamilton locations.

  • Coordinate recruitment and scheduling of volunteers.

  • Prepare routes for bear deliveries.

  • Sanitize and seal bears in biodegradable packaging.

  • Donate or fundraise for the program


$20 Provides a lifelong Teddy Friend for a child in need

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

Make a one-time Gift

Your support will enable us to distribute over 1,000 bears each year to children experiencing illness or trauma.


Make a Monthly Gift

$20 will provide one bear for a child

$60 will provide 3 children with bears each month

$100 will provide 5 bears each month

Host a Fundraiser

So many ways to have fun and give back. Click here to for ideas of how you can raise funds to support Comfort Bears

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.


Team Comfort Bear

Kelli Bugden

Vice Chair

 Lena Bassford

Founder and Board Chair

Nancy Guzzo

Secretary Treasurer

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

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