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Thanks to Mama Wowa, we were able to donate 65 huggable bear stuffed toys through @1000BearHugs for the children displaced by Typhoon Yolanda in Dara’s name. While we are aware that there is a need for basic necessities, we also acknowledge the fact that the rehabilitation of affected children is also an important aspect of relief operations. 

To learn more about the advocacy, click the link below!

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1000 Bearhugs is a heartwarming toy drive campaign to bring huggable bears and plushies to children displaced by conflict or disaster like Super Typhoon Yolanda (aka Haiyan).

Play is a child’s natural language and a means for them to make sense of their experiences. Trauma can be addressed through the experiential narratives of play therapy and allows a child to speak of what he or she has gone through when they cannot find the words to do so. These toys provide children with a certain amount of security in a sometimes-scary world.

While food, water, and medicine should remain as top relief goods, stuffed toys could serve as an integral part of recovery of the young survivors, especially during calamities like Yolanda. Conflicting reports say hundreds have died due to monster storm Yolanda. Children who survived, however, may experience heavy trauma. Children need something to hug and hold on to in this time of grief, especially when they feel they have lost everything.

Play Therapy

1000 Bearhugs works with social workers and psychologists on ground for trauma debriefing / psychological interventions. Toy rooms are setup where children can freely pick toys. Art Therapy workshops are also conducted as part of the activity.

Participatory Toy Drive

1000 Bearhugs is a toy drive campaign to collect toys to help comfort children at various evacuation centers and shelters. Drop-offs and mini toy drives are setup by various individuals, schools and offices in Metro Manila and key cities.

Credit: @1000BearHugs + http://www.blackpencilproject.org

Comments on: "Admin Post: 65 Bear Hugs for the Children Affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)" (3)

  1. Thank you Mama Wowa and all of you who are organizing to help with this devastation! They are many good people in the world and its so heartwarming to know that Dara is surrounded by angels too!

  2. It’s a great idea guyz, Thank u so much for helping. I can say that when I was young I’m one of them, I always feel alone and empty inside, so my grandma give me a Teddybear, but when I grow-up I turn it over to a child that I think who need it the most. It’s a great help to the kids! ^_*

  3. anita_linda10 said:

    You guys are really awesome. i not only stan a wonderful Idol but also her wonderful fans esp OD/WLD team. May God continue to shower you with blessings and may you continue to be a blessings to others.

    How can we support this project? Should we donate toys or cash??

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