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Power of Hugs and the Ripple Effect of Caring | Jeanie Haigh | TEDxLivermore
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Added Aug 25, 2016
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What is it about holding a stuffed animal that makes us think the world will be ok, and that we will be ok?
Jeanie talks about the collision of two worlds - distributing 'free love' in the form of stuffed bears, and the lonely isolation of the elderly in a care facility in Japan. As the initial reaction of "Why are you doing this? What's the catch" transformed to "You thought about me, you care" you will share in the journey of how reaching out to others can transform your own world. In other words, you'll 'get it.'

Jeanie is the Chair of Good News Bears which was founded in 1996 with the mission to provide teddy bears to hurt, traumatized, or abused children as well as adults. Jeanie’s non-profit distributes "stuffed love" - teddy bears and other stuffed critters to children and adults suffering illness, loss, trauma, or loneliness. They average over 14,000 giftings per year to shelters, emergency personnel, hospitals, hospice, and more. Their animals travel around the world to comfort those in need.

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