Children and their parents, along with American Red Cross representatives and volunteers, helped create more than 100 stuffed toys as part of the “Stuffed with Hugs” program of Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. at the Paramas Park Mall on Friday, August 10, 2012. The toys were created to comfort victims of disasters, such as local home fires, and were donated to the Red Cross by Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. at their store’s grand re-opening.
Speaking at the occasion, Jocelyn Gilman, community chapter executive, American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey, said, “We are honored to accept this generous donation. We are sure that these stuffed toys will go a long way in comforting the children and families who have lost their possessions in disasters. Events such as this one at Build A Bear are wonderful ways to teach children about helping others in need and promoting philanthropy at the family level.”
About the American Red Cross North Jersey Region:
The American Red Cross North Jersey Region provides programs and services throughout the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren, with a combined population of 5.7 million. The region trains and mobilizes 4,500 volunteers who support the delivery of services in the community. Last year, the Red Cross North Jersey Region responded to 419 local disasters, helping 929 families displaced by home fires; educated more than 15,000 community members about disaster preparedness; collected more than 28,500 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; helped 844 military families send emergency messages, receive financial assistance, and get counseling and referrals; assisted 870 military members and their families facing deployment on how to access our services anywhere in the world; and trained 143,344 individuals with lifesaving skills in CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.