After months of evaluation, 10 young leaders from the United States and Canada have risen through the ranks to become the 2010 Huggable Heroes®. Build-A-Bear Workshop® received approximately 1,000 entries for its seventh annual search rewarding youth for their outstanding acts of generosity, volunteerism and leadership.
“These 10 young people prove that we can make a difference to help make this world a better place,” said Maxine Clark, Build-A-Bear Workshop founder and chief executive bear. “Their compassion not only changes the world but also inspires others to follow in their footsteps. They are our next generation of leaders.”
Following are the 2010 Huggable Heroes and their stories. Information is also available online at www.buildabear.com/huggableheroes.
This year’s class of Huggable Heroes, ranging in age from 8 to 18, is elevating the bar on giving. Collectively, these dedicated young people have raised funds and collected items valued at more than $22.5 million, and they volunteer more than 650 hours of their time each month. These numbers keep rising as they continue to support military troops, advocate for literacy, raise funds and awareness to help medical advances, help build and fund schools and orphanages in underdeveloped countries, inspire and mobilize other youth from all over the world to help make the world a better place and much more.