We give new stuffed animals to children who need comfort, letting them know others care. Our mission is to inspire hope and give love to children who are facing significant life challenges. Many of these children have been abused or neglected, and moved from one temporary living situation to another with no sense of security. Some are traumatized by tragic loss or are confronting serious illness; and others live in extreme poverty. We believe the gift of something to cuddle provides security and demonstrates compassion that is healing to a hurting heart.
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. When you buy a “Little Hug” for someone you know, you are also giving “Little Hugs” to other children who are truly in need. “Little Hugs” purchased as gifts are beautifully presented in a quality gift box wrapped with a bow. You can also purchase a box of Little Hugs to be directly given to the organization of your choice. This gift can be donated in honor or memory of someone special. In addition to stuffed animals, we sell shirts embellished with inspirational phrases. These profits go to other select causes that improve the lives of children. Our hope is to continue to expand our offerings of quality, inspirational gift items and in so doing, increase our impact. Little Hugs is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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, easing stress and anxiety.
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 stress.