We all know build-a-bear. The magical workshop where you get to make your own bestfriend! You get to build and customize a bear to your liking. I had many build-a-bears as a kid and I loved them. But build-a-bear isn’t only great because of the bears, it’s great because they love helping out the community and supporting different charities and the environment.
Build-a-bear is best known for donating bears to kids in hospitals and in the make a wish foundation. But what’s less known is that build-a-bear also donates money to the WWF (World Wildlife Fund.)
Build-a-bear has a collection of bears called the Collectibears. They are special stuffed animals that are sold and they represent endangered species like Zebras and rhinos. And for every Collectibear that they sell, they donate 1$ to the WWF. Build-a-bear was funded in 1997 but didn’t start working with WWF until 2000 and as of 2008, they had donated over 1.8 million dollars to them.
Not only that, in 2008. Build-a-bear partnered with the arbor day foundation and planted 245 000 trees in North America. They also donated 5000$ to the foundation.
So if you’re wondering why build-a-bears are so expensive and overpriced… It’s because they donate so much money to so many different organizations for so many different things.