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When she was 14-years-old Nicole was hospitalized for months to treat her Anorexia. While hospitalized, only Nicole’s parents were allowed to visit and only at very specific times. Nicole was suddenly cut off from her friends, school and everything else that was in her life.

She received stuffed animals as presents. Those stuffed animals were a tremendous support. “Reminders that there are people in my life and they care about me and want to help me get through this,” she said.

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Nicole explained that since the stuffed animals made such a difference to her, she decided to provide handmade teddy bears to other kids through her nonprofit Cubs for Coping.

“We want to let these kids know that someone cares. We want to provide support for whatever they’re going through.” she says.

(READ the full story in Brad Aronson’s blog)

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