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Teddy Bears with Heart


To dry the tears of those in need of comfort by providing stuffed animals/bears to first responders, hospitals and agencies that work with children in crisis, the forgotten elderly and the terminally ill.

The Big Idea

The Teddy Bears With Heart Comforting Arms project provides as many stuffed animals as possible to those in need of comfort in Monterey County. Recipients include children who have been involved in car accidents, witnessed a horrific crime or are going through an awful time in their lives. They also provide stuffed animals to terminally ill patients and the forgotten elderly, offering a non-judgmental, huggable friend to let them know that someone cares about them. It’s a simple way to bring comfort to people in wrenching moments.

Dear Susie, Thank you for the stuffed penguin, aka Twinkles. I had to bring my son Justus to the ER the other night—he hit his head on the bathtub faucet. Of course he was nervous, this was his first trip to the ER. As soon as we walked in, the kind security guard greeted us, helped us and handed us the penguin. Twinkles got cuddled all night. Justus even fell asleep a couple times in the waiting room, all the while holding his penguin.

- Briana Claydon

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is active until August 1. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.