We give new “Little Hugs” stuffed animals to children who need comfort and provide support to other causes that benefit children in need. In order to sustain our ability to give, and not rely solely on donations, we sell “Little Hugs” stuffed animals with all profits going toward giving.
There are an estimated 400 million children under the age of 13 living in extreme poverty around the world. Organizations that provide food, housing and medical services also help distribute “Little Hugs” to these children, most of whom have never received a new toy. A “Little Hug” gives them something to cuddle and treasure, and lets them know that others care.
Approximately 700 children a day are removed from the custody of their parents to protect them from alleged abuse or neglect. Imagine the trauma a child experiences when being taken from their home without warning. A “Little Hug” given by the child welfare case worker or emergency shelter caregiver demonstrates compassion and provides some comfort and security.
Losing a parent or sibling is a devastating experience for anyone. A gift from a stranger inspires hope and demonstrates love that is healing to a hurting heart. The gift of a “Little Hug” from a new grief counselor can also help establish trust and develop rapport to allow the healing process to begin.
Hospitals can be a scary place for a child. A “Little Hug” given by hospital staff will help comfort and provide security to seriously ill or injured children during their stay. Studies show that a stuffed animal “lovey” eases anxiety and reduces stress.