In 2014, when Annie and Emily Fox founded their non-profit called Project Bobby Bear, they set out to make the world a better place one teddy bear at a time. Over the past five years, the pair have donated thousands of teddy bears to children and adults "who need a smile, a hug, or just a little extra love."
The inspiration for the organization came from Annie's teddy bear and the feelings of security, safety, and love that came from Bobby -- and Annie's desire for others have something that gave them the same comfort and reassurance.
What Difference Does it Make?
Annie says, "It makes me happy to know others will have the same joy that I have with their own Bobby Bear." For Annie, the Project is one way to create more love in the world.
It's also a way to bring two siblings together even more: Being in business with a sibling can be fantastic when that person is committed to the vision. Annie says that working with Emily is amazing because "she's always so happy and proactive, which really helps us." One of the greatest aspects of working together is seeing one another fulfilled. Annie is delighted to experience her sister's happiness when they share bears with others.
"There was one little boy we gave a bear to, and he took it and went away full of joy. It was amazing," says Emily. Recently, they shared bears with children facing childhood cancer and their siblings at Camp Wapiyapi.
Advice for Other Entrepreneurs
In our interviews, Annie and Emily shared four pieces of advice for other entrepreneurs:
1. Share your passion.
2. Work toward your goals.
3. Always do your best.
4. Persevere. Keep trying, no matter how hard it seems. You can always try again.
Where is Project Bobby Bear Headed?
The co-founders carry a remarkable vision to distribute 1,000,000 bears (and based on their enthusiasm and drive, we're pretty certain they won't stop there). Annie and Emily would love to spread the word to make even more people aware of the project, so, ultimately, even more, people can be happy.
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Photos courtesy of the Project Bobby Bear website.
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