Recipe for 100,000 Mother Bears
To make 100,000 bears, 700,000 hours of knitting or crocheting is required.
You will need 18,750 pounds of yarn to make these bears.
It will take about 1 million inches of red and pink thread to sew a heart on each to let the children know that they were made with love.
100,000 tags will need to be stamped and then signed by the bear maker to attach to every bear so the children will know who made this very special gift.
Once you have these ingredients, you can send the bears. You don't have to worry about getting the temperature right, as these bears will need to be sent out every week in sub-zero temperatures to hot summer days.
These bears will then go to 26 African countries and other emerging nations where children are affected by HIV/AIDS like Haiti, the Dominican Republic and India.
These bears will need to travel approximately 9 million miles to get to their destination.
To get this many bears you will need a core group of bear makers dedicated to this effort. This would be the members of the 100 Bear Club and to help us get 100,000 bears made, we had 171 of these members.
What I can't measure is how much love goes into getting 100,000 bears made and sent on their way. I also can't measure the care and dedication of those who distribute the bears with unconditional love to so many children. I wish I could measure how lucky I feel to have crossed paths with some of the nicest people in the entire world with hearts so big—who have given their time and love to send comfort to children they will never meet, half a world away.