Empowerment Program At Work

June 2011 - Hawthorne Country Day School Art Show at JBS Gallery in NY

May 2011 - A lovely Thank You note from Hawthorne to Bear Givers:

"We took the students to Brandywine nursing home yesterday that's located in Mamaroneck and they had a wonderful experience!  We took the higher functioning students to Schurmacher nursing home today and delivered additional bears to the Senior citizens who were absolutely ecstatic.  The students continued talking about it all day long and while they were there indicated that it was wonderful for them to give these bears out.  I had students tell me that "this feels so so good to give these to other people."  I overheard other students saying how good it makes them feel inside.  

Thanks again for this wonderful opportunity!!!"

2010 - Joe Sprung designated as 'New Yorker of the Week' by NY1 News, being interviewed at the Hawthorne Country Day School about the Bear Givers Empowerment Program.

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“I was proud to make someone happy. It made me feel good inside to help someone else.” -Taylor, Student, South Florida Jewish Academy
“The feeling the children get when they take that physical bear and that card they created to someone else is very empowering.” -Joseph Sprung, Founder and CEO, Bear Givers
“Children can also be ‘benefactors.’ The program teaches children that when they do an act of kindness, they receive something in return. When children give away a teddy bear, they receive a teddy bear to take home. The principle seems quite simple, but the result is truly amazing. Children at SLCD identified charitable organizations in other states and countries. They wrote letters to the children in these other programs and sent teddy bears to ‘make other children feel better.’ Despite severe developmental disabilities, each child had something to say about giving a gift. ‘I sent my teddy bear to a little boy in Mexico. He doesn’t have parents. I have a mommy and a daddy. He must be very sad.’ Children’s insights are precious. Letters were then received from the children who received the teddy bears.”
-Long Island Press
“This is a unique opportunity, where the clients who are often the recipients of goodwill, are now empowered to enhance the lives of others.” -Derek Saker, Director of Communications, OHEL
“Children from the school who give one of these bears away also get to keep one for themselves. It is a great way for students to feel good about making a difference in someone’s life.”