Empowerment Program at Work

As part of its Empowerment Program, Bear Givers proudly hosted Art Shows in conjunction with JBS Financial Services, featuring original artwork designed by the creative students at SLCD.



2009 & 2010 - Soldiers of the 38th Combat Brigade deployed in Iraq express their appreciation for the teddy bears and letters of support sent by the students of SLCD as part of their Empowerment Program.

Video Clip of the 38th Combat Brigade Soldiers with SLCD.

The students at SLCD also learn about giving and compassion to those suffering with lupus by writing letters and giving out teddy bears at the Lupus Alliance.

2009 - Appreciative Thank You letters to Joe Sprung from the students at SLCD for the Empowerment Program at their school.

2009 - Children in Mexico were thrilled to receive letters and teddy bears from SLCD students and wrote back Thank You notes expressing their deep appreciation.

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“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
“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.”
“I was proud to make someone happy. It made me feel good inside to help someone else.” -Taylor, Student, South Florida Jewish Academy
“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