Emergency Cuddles for Kids provides stuffed animals for children who are experiencing stressful or scary life circumstances.

Emergency Cuddles for Kids
Emergency Cuddles for Kids

How It All Started

In November of 2007, at age 3, Emme fell and broke her arm during a backyard party. The paramedics who responded to our mom’s 911 call brought with them a brand-new teddy bear whose tag listed his name as “Spencer.” He was a great comfort in the process of going to the hospital to get Emme’s arm cast. He was a comfort to Ava too, who stayed by her twin sister’s side full of worry and concern.

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Spellers Who Impact Their Communities

from the Scripps National Spelling Bee Blog

When Ava Allen was three years old, her twin sister, Emme, broke her arm. On the ambulance ride, a paramedic gave Emme a tan teddy bear with a red bow. Emme hugged Spencer Bear, as he became known, and it helped distract the sisters from the tumult around them.

Ava, an eighth grader and Speller 123, said the girls had always collected donations on their birthday instead of getting presents. When they turned seven, they decided to collect stuffed animals. In the years since, the girls have donated to the local ambulance center, a children’s home, a homeless shelter for women and children and Operation Christmas Child. They haven’t kept track of how many stuffed animals they’ve collected, but said it has to have been in the hundreds.

“It’s really special that we get to do this,” Ava said. “It reminds us how blessed we are, that we can do this for other people.”

Emme said the organization started as a way for them to do something positive, to help other kids who are in scary situations. “It feels good, like you’re doing something good and positive,” she said. “It reminds us to look for something positive, even when things are hard.”

2 Corinthians 1:4

God comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort others.

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