Austin Junior Forum is a non-profit volunteer organization supporting women, children, and the elderly in the Austin area through community service and fund raising. Our Teddy Bear Program provides stuffed Teddy Bears and Dalmatians for local public safety agencies to give to children involved in traumatic events.
Impact StatementThe Austin Junior Forum Teddy Bear Program provides Teddy Bears & Dalmatians for local public safety agencies to give to children involved in traumatic events. These stuffed animals have a calming effect, providing comfort and something tangible to hold during times of crisis. In recent years, more than 5,000 children have been involved in crisis situations, and the numbers continue to rise with the growth of our city. Austin's public safety agencies, including the Austin Police Department, Austin Fire Department, Travis County Sheriff's Office, and Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services, have relied on Austin Junior Forum to provide these stuffed animals for more than 20 years.
Needs StatementYour gift of $25 will bring a cuddly friend to five children in crisis situations.
Your gift of $50 will bring a cuddly friend to ten children in crisis situations.
Your gift of $100 will bring a cuddly friend to twenty children in crisis situations.
Your gift of $200 will bring a cuddly friend to forty children in crisis situations by stocking one of Austin's public safety agencies with teddy bears or dalmatians for a month.
Your gift of $1,200 will bring a cuddly friend to two hundred and fifty children in crisis situations by stocking one of Austin's public safety agencies with Teddy Bears or Dalmatians for six months.
Per City of Austin - First Responders (Police, Fire, and EMS) give the teddy bears away to children during a traumatic event. Children are often scared during a fire, traffic crash, or medical emergency. Providing a teddy bear during these stressful moments for children can bring them comfort and something tangible for them to hold onto.
"I gave a teddy bear to a little girl who was in the back seat of a car when it was involved in a collision, she was crying because she was scared but stopped immediately and hugged the bear when I gave it to her" - EMS Crew Member
"We attended to several family members in a home who were sick with the flu, I noticed they didn't have many presents under the tree so we gave the kids some bears and their mother thanked us for being so kind. We were so glad we had the bears!" - EMS Crew Member
"We gave a bear to a little boy we transported to Dell Children's, he said his new teddy made him feel better already". - EMS Crew Member