Special to the Democrat
ST. LOUIS, MO — Thousands of hours spent volunteering. Thousands of people touched by good deeds and positive messages. Millions of dollars donated to help others. Collectively, that is what four years of Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes have accomplished. Now, as the season of giving begins, the search is on for incredible kids to be named the 2008 Huggable Heroes.
A Huggable Hero is any young person, 18 years of age and younger, who is making a positive difference in their communities or around the world. We all know them, and now it’s time to help nominate a young person to be recognized and honored for all of their hard work and dedication to make the world a better place.
“It’s hard to believe the Huggable Heroes program is embarking on its fifth year,” said Build-A-Bear Workshop Founder and Chief Executive Bear Maxine Clark. “There are so many young people out there who continue to set positive examples of compassion, caring and dedication and we want to give them the recognition they deserve. We look forward to finding the 2008 Huggable Heroes and sharing their stories.”
Nominations will be accepted for Huggable Heroes, from Dec. 7 until Feb. 8. Anyone is eligible to submit a nomination — parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, friends, teachers, organization leaders, or the young people themselves.
Build-A-Bear Workshop will honor 12 Huggable Heroes and two of its own associates.
Throughout the program’s four-year history, heroes’ good deeds have ranged from helping animals, to raising money for medical research, to helping children in underdeveloped countries.
“My experience with the Huggable Heroes program has made a profound impact upon my life ... one which will never fade due to time or distance,” said 2004 Huggable Hero William Dunckelman. “In May, I will graduate from high school, but my commitment to service learning and the elderly will not end. It is not enough to want to change; I must be that change.”
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