How to Help

There are several ways you can help the Good News Bears:

1. Sponsor-A-Bear!
For only $5, you can sponsor a bear waiting for someone needing a hug. You can personalize the bear’s gift card with your name, a message, or your contact info. We’ll make sure it gets in the arms of a child or adult (you may specify if you like) in your name.
Email Jeanie Haigh -
or call (925) 373-7982
2. Donate Critters
You can help by donating new (or very gently loved) stuffed animals. Contact us by email or phone to coordinate your donation drop-off or pick up.
Email Jeanie Haigh -
or call (925) 373-7982
3. Make a Cash Donation
Cash donations of any amount from businesses or individuals are welcomed and much appreciated. The money you donate goes toward purchasing new teddy bears. Does your company offer matching donation monies? Many do! Check with family members and friends and double those cash donations!
4. Sponsor a Collection
Sponsor a collection at your church, business or club. It’s a great service project for scout troops, too! How about a competition between work sites, troops, or clubs? We’re happy to speak to your group and kick off the collecting. Hearing gifting stories first hand can inspire all ages to give up those critters dear to their hearts. Contact Jeanie at the above e-mail or phone to arrange a visit.
5. Use a SHARES Card
Contact us now to get your SHARES card that raises funds for Good News Bears every time you shop at and Lucky, Smart Foods, FoodMaxx or Save Mart stores anywhere. No cost to you and no private info is shared. Just show the card and we get a percentage of your spending!
6. Join our Den! Become a MemBear!
Members meet once monthly (except for hibernation in November and December) in Livermore to discuss distribution and to plan community events to raise funds and public awareness for their cause. Membership Dues: $30 per year

What is an acceptable
critter donation?

Please be sure that your donated stuffed animals are either new or very gently loved (no holes or stains). Here is a list of guidelines for donations:

  • Any type of animal - “critter” - is welcome, not just teddy bears.
  • The critters must be clean and in good shape. We do not have the facilities to clean and repair.
  • We can only use stuffed animals. No dolls or toys. Battery operated stuffed animals must be in working condition.
  • Sizes: from very small Beanie Baby™ size up to 36”



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