Educators Credit Union makes bears to donate to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

On Monday, Oct. 8, Educators Credit Union staff stuffed nearly 600 Build-A-Bear Workshop bear cubs to donate to local charitable organizations.

More than 500 Educators Credit Union employees met at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport Hotel for Now to Wow, an annual gathering where the organization provides crucial training and team building opportunities.

As the 2018 event was wrapping up, event organizers announced a big surprise: Educators Credit Union would be making bears! Not only were they making bears, but most of the bears made would be donated to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

“We are always looking for ways the credit union can help our communities,” said Educators Credit Union CEO Linda Hoover. “Last year, we built 50 bikes for area children. This year, we’re giving hundreds of bears to sick kids so that they can have something to love and hug while in the hospital.”

Each Educators Credit Union employee was given their own bear cub and Build-A-Bear staff took the stage to help everyone in the room make a furry friend with love. After warming the bear’s heart, putting the heart in the bear, pulling on a bear cub-sized Educators t-shirt and filling out the birth certificate, Build-A-Bear staff completed a quality assurance check on every furry friend. Once the bears met Build-A-Bear’s expectations, they were prepped to be shipped out to their new homes.

“It was an amazing and heartwarming opportunity,” said Educators employee Madeline Jimenez. “We got to be part of something that will make so many kids happy. It’s a great feeling.”

In total, Educators Credit Union purchased 600 bears from Build-A-Bear. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin will take as many bears as they need for their patients and the rest will be given to other local children’s charities ahead of the holidays.