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Cubgratulations™ to the 2013 Build-A-Bear Workshop® Huggable Heroes®!

After many months of searching, more than 1,000 nominations and careful deli-bear-ation, the judges have made their final decisions and selected the 2013 Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes. The 2013 Huggable Heroes will participate in special ceremonies and cele-bear-ations in their honor on July 17-19.

We salute all the young people who are making our world a better place through their generosity and kindness. These young people have devoted countless hours to raising funds and awareness for so many causes. We hope you find inspiration in their stories. Read below to learn more about our Huggable Hero winners!

  • Adele T. 17, Williamstown, NJ
    Adele started Adele's Literacy Library (ALL), which promotes a love for reading and journey towards literacy proficiency. Adele's Literacy Library donates new books and bookmarks to schools, daycares and hospitals. Through the organization, Adele launched the Read All You Can program, which has been implemented in every elementary school in her community. With help from partner organizations, Adele's Literacy Library built a solar powered learning center in Kenya equipped with 4,000 books and 20 computers.

  • Cody J. 10, Alpharetta, GA
    Cody, nicknamed the One Boy USO, has made it his mission to support active duty and veterans across the nation, as well as to help children learn about patriotism. He has visited the airport to greet troops, sent more than 2,000 pounds of care packages to deployed troops and has personally shaken hands with 14,000 military members. Cody has written two books to teach kids about patriotism and uses the proceeds to purchase supplies for care packages.

  • Garland J. 16, Marietta, GA
    Garland founded Bountiful Bags in effort to help alleviate childhood hunger by providing backpacks filled with food to refugee children and families on a weekly basis. The project has served more than 2,000 refugee children in Pre-K through fifth grade and their families. These families represent more than 60 different countries and speak more than 52 languages. Garland has raised $4,500 and provided 15,000 pounds of food to help feed these families.

  • Jasmine B. 17, Rock Island, IL
    Jasmine founded Love, GIRLS Magazine (Love stands for Lead, Overcome, Value and Empowerment), a nonprofit organization that serves as an outlet for teens to write editorials about self-esteem related topics and social issues in effort to combat bullying. The magazine is published four times a year and produced by a team of writers and photographers ages 13 -19. Love, GIRLS Magazine is free to the community and is distributed in libraries and high schools. Jasmine has raised more than $20,000 and recruited more than 60 volunteers in Illinois, Iowa and Tennessee to be part of the Love GIRLS Team.

  • Jonas C. 9, Long Beach, CA
    Jonas founded Love in the Mirror, which has helped homeless people in the local community by providing food, clothing and shelter. The organization has enlisted more than 300 people to help, fed 6,000 people and collected more than 8,000 pairs of socks and 600 toys.

  • Jonny C. 17, Highland Park, IL
    Jonny started the GreenShields Project which designs aerodynamic add-ons for school buses in effort to increase gas mileage and save money for schools. He partnered with Northwestern University's Ford School of Engineering to test and design the GreenShield. Jonny and his team have perfected a product that will help schools save money and have raised $38,000 for their cause.

  • Kayla, T. 17, Newhall, CA
    Kayla founded The Shoe Crew, an organization that provides new athletic shoes for kids in need. Striving for a goal of providing new shoes for every child at an underprivileged center in Los Angeles, Kayla recruited 25 friends and began hosting community events. Through these events and many sponsors, The Shoe Crew has collected 2,400 pairs of shoes and enlisted 30 volunteers to help the cause.

  • Katy D. 16, Liberty Lake, WA
    Katy founded a nonprofit organization called Life Enhancement Through Education in Music (LETEM). Katy collects used musical instruments from the public and repairs them for free through a unique partnership with a local music store. The instruments are then distributed to low-income children and low-income school music programs. LETEM also provides clinics about instrument instruction and holds instrument drives at various community events to promote the cause.

  • Riley G. 12, Sherman Oaks, CA
    Riley started Rainbow Pack, an organization dedicated to providing elementary school students with the supplies they need to be successful learners regardless of economic circumstance. Riley was inspired by a visit to a local elementary school where she noticed some of the kids did not have basic school supplies and students often do not do their homework because they lack the necessary tools. The Rainbow Pack has collected more than $14,000 in donations and has supplied more than 1,300 backpacks full of supplies to students at a local elementary school.

  • Zachary C. 16, Morristown, NJ
    Zachary founded Special Needs Athletic Programs (SNAP, Inc.), a nonprofit organization designed to inspire youth to work together through athletics, peer mentoring and educational programs. SNAP's goal is to raise awareness about the impact students can have on the lives of children with autism and other disabilities. Zach has raised more than $80,000 and has created after school programs for special needs children and student mentors across New Jersey.

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