**~ CLOSED ~** Buy a Bear, Help a Starlight Child

Today is #GivingTuesday, the day that follows the Black Friday retail consumption frenzy and aims to focus on the importance of giving back to our communities and supporting charities. I am all for this campaign.

Today I’m featuring an organization that helps put smiles on the faces of sick children, and what can possibly be better than that? Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada is a truly special charity and I’m happy to be able to introduce you to their VIB — Very Important Bear — Hiya, on sale now to raise funds to help put even more smiles on kids’ faces.

Say “hi” to Hiya, the adorable, soft, cuddly bear who also happens to be the Sixth Limited Edition Collectible Starlight Bear. Hiya was designed by two brothers, Matteo and Nicco, who have had to deal with more in their short lives than anyone should have to in a lifetime. At just 16 months of age, Matteo was diagnosed with a rare bladder cancer, and although he is now five years old and off treatment, he now supports his little brother Nicco who diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia last year, at the young age of two.

Say hi to Hiya, Starlight Foundation's special bear, being sold to raise funds for this amazing charity.I cannot even imagine the fear and pain their family has gone through, and continues to experience, while awaiting Nicco’s chemotherapy treatments.

From the Starlight Foundation website:

Inspired by a soft, cuddly blanket they call ‘Hiya’, the brothers wanted the bear to resemble the same strength, protection, and comfort they felt with their blankey by their side through many blood transfusions, surgeries, chemo, and radiation. They also chose to incorporate a gold and purple ribbon representing childhood cancer awareness, and the fight and survival of thousands of other children living with a life threatening childhood illness. 

Your purchase of this collectible bear will help Starlight brighten the lives of seriously ill Canadian children through in- and out-of-hospital programs that provide entertainment and distraction to kids like Matteo and Nicco all across the country.

Hiya is available in stores and online now at http://bit.ly/hiyabear, but I was sent one of these beautiful, soft bears and instead of keeping it, my kids decided to give it away to one lucky reader, and to make the $15 contribution to Starlight Foundation.

Please consider buying one of these amazingly soft bears for people this holiday season, even if you’re the lucky one to give our little Hiya a home!

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Disclosure: I was sent a Hiya Bear as compensation for writing this post, but it is the bear we are giving away here. I will also be covering the mailing cost to the lucky winner.

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20 thoughts on “**~ CLOSED ~** Buy a Bear, Help a Starlight Child

  1. I would give it to my sister – she is a pediatrician in Halifax and I know she would find a patient that would be thrilled to take home this cute bear!

  2. I would give Hiya to my little dude, who I know would love something cuddly right now. He’s adorable and what a great cause!

  3. one of my son’s friends passed away from Leukaemia yesterday, he was 16. I’d give the bear to his little sister who was his bone marrow donor a few months ago.

  4. My daughter loves to collect and share Teddy Bears with her friends — she’d love to give this one to one of her classmates.

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