SHARE a-BEAR-a-THON on National Teddy Bear Day

National Teddy Bear Day – September 9th – is a day to celebrate Teddy Bears! Teddy bears, and other stuffed animals – unicorns, dolphins, bunnies, for example, bring joy to children all around the world.

Local Concord-based organization, Gleaning For The World, collects new and gently-used stuffed animals as part of their Teddy Bear Brigade program. Through this program, stuffed animals are given to children whose homes and lives have been turned upside down whenever natural disaster strikes.

“Around here, we say ‘children are the smallest victims of a natural disaster’ and it’s so true,” Jeane Smiley-Mason, Gleaning’s president said. “After disaster strikes, adults are focused on getting their families to safety and assessing any damage to their homes and communities.

Children process the trauma of an event like a natural disaster much differently than adults. That’s where the stuffed animals come in. We make sure we place plenty of stuffed animals on each of our disaster relief trucks – to ensure that while adults are receiving the supplies they need for recovery, children receive the gift of a cuddly stuffed animal, which will comfort them during a very stressful time.”

Smiley-Mason added that sometimes, a child’s favorite toy or stuffed animal might have disappeared in a storm, or even worse, a parent or loved one may have been hurt or killed. A stuffed animal will provide comfort to a child when they need it most.

Gleaning For The World also sends stuffed animals on their international shipping containers, worldwide, to children living in poverty, in orphanages, or in refugee camps. The organization distributes approximately 35,000 stuffed animals to children each year through their Teddy Bear Brigade.

In celebration of National Teddy Bear Day on September 9, Gleaning is partnering with Mister Goodies at the Timberlake Road location to collect as many stuffed animals as they can, in an event they’ve named SHARE-a-BEAR-a-THON. Mister Goodies is offering a free ice cream cone to anyone person who donates a stuffed animal to the Teddy Bear Brigade that evening from 5pm until 9pm.

More specifically, anyone who donates one new or used stuffed animal at the SHARE-a-BEAR-a-THON event will receive a ticket for one free ice cream cone. Anyone who donates three or more stuffed animals can receive any Mister Goodies menu item for free. All tickets must be redeemed at the SHARE-a-BEAR-a-THON event that night, September 9, between 5pm and 9pm.

There is no limit on the number of stuffed animals you can donate, however, there is a limit of one free ice cream per donor.

If you are ready to give your gently-used or brand new stuffed animals a new home, stop by Mister Goodies’ ice cream truck on Wednesday, September 9 from 5pm until 9pm. Drop your stuffed animals off at Gleaning’s truck in the parking lot, and visit Mister Goodies’ truck for your free ice cream!


In service and partnership,

Jeane Smiley-Mason

President & COO

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Our friend, author Melissa Saville, has partnered with Gleaning For The World to collect brand new pajamas for kids. The Bedtime Pajama Drive will be held until December 31st and there are several locations througout central Virginia where you can donate. Please help us provide pajamas to kids in central Virginia by donating brand new pajamas at one of these locaions:

Kinetix- Fort Hill and Forest, VA locations
Famous Anthony's- Lynchburg, VA location
MMG Burger(Muscle Maker Grill)- offering 15%off with every pajama donation - Lynchburg, VA
All God's Creatures Photography - offering 25% off any memory collection with every pajama donation - Lynchburg, VA
Third Wave Coffee - Forest, VA
Classic Plumbing Solutions - Salem, VA
FCA - Lynchburg, VA
Gleaning For The World - Concord, VA

You can also make a financial donation towards this effort by donating online at or by mailing a check to GFTW PO Box 645 Concord, VA. Whether donating online or by check, please be sure to specify "Pajamas" on your donation.

Thank you to all who are participating in The Bedtime Pajama Drive for kids! #lynchburgva #appomattoxva #gleaningfortheworld

Your tax-deductible year-end gift to Gleaning For The World will help us continue our mission of sharing God's love in 2021. When we deliver critically needed supplies into an area affected by natural disaster, or when medical supplies are shipped to the poorest villages around the world - HOPE is also delivered. Hope is so powerful, especially in times of need. Please send your year-end gift to GFTW PO Box 645 Concord, VA 24538, or donate online at #gleaningfortheworld #nonprofit #givehope #lynchburgva #yearend #yearendgiving ...


It's the season of hope and Joy!

Something as simple as a plain, old brown box chock full of food, hygiene products, a stuffed animal and even a blanket can make all the difference when the unimaginable happens — it provides a glimmer of hope.

We're grateful that we've been able to deliver hope in all shapes and sizes for over 20 years. Please partner with us this Christmas season and donate what you're able to help us keep the deliveries of necessary aid flowing throughout 2021.

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