Monday, April 1, 2013

Autism Speaks Build-A-Bear Review and GIVEAWAY!!

Although April 1st is April Fool's Day, April first also begins a much more serious event. April is Autism Awareness Month. Something which is certainly not a joke, especially for my family.

My 5 1/2 year old son is Autistic, so this cause is very close to my heart.

Even if my son was not effected by this, Autism affects a staggering 1 in 88 children. This is a growing epidemic, and even worse, we have no answers as to what causes it.

And as widespread as this is unfortunately becoming, sadly, many people are still unaware of what autism is really about. There is far to many judgements and assumptions where Autism is concerned.

That is why organizations that try find answers to bring awareness to this condition are so very important. Autism Speaks is one of the biggest organizations out there for Autism advocacy.

I love to support such causes whenever possible, but my favorite way is buy purchasing products where part of the proceeds go to the charity(this is true of any cause). 

So as soon as I saw the Autism Speaks Bear from Build-A-Bear, I knew that I had to get it.

This bear is so adorable. Not only is he the perfect shade of blue(for Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness), but he also has the super cute and colorful puzzle piece pattern on the feet.
Plus he has a darling embroidered Puzzle Piece on his chest.
I was captivated by it so much that I almost did not want to let my son have it. This really is a precious bear.

I knew that my son would LOVE is just as much as I do.

(sorry for the squinty eyes, that almost always happens when he takes pictures.)

He smiled as soon as he saw it. He kept Saying, "Bobby's Bear". He played with it all day. He even slept with it(he never usually sleeps with anything.

I love that he loves it so much. It melted my heart to see him having so much fun.

The only "issue" I ran into, is that I also have an 18 month old daughter, and she wanted this bear too,, but he surely wasn't wanting to share. So if you have more than one kiddo, I suggest more than one.

In fact, I suggest more than one anyway. It is a really good price(in my opinion), $1 from each bear goes to Autism Speaks, and he is so adorable, that you will have a hard time letting go.

Even better, you can also dress up this fabulous bear, or any bear with an awesome Autism Speaks Tee.

And there are 3 other bears versions of this bear, already dressed. One even has a bow and a skirt(and the Autism Speaks Tee), so it would be ideal for little girls. I have to get one of those tees for my son's bear, and I really want one of the Sweet & Stylish Autism Speaks Bears(girl) for my daughter.

No matter who you know that is affected by Autism, one of these darling Autism Speaks Bears would be so perfect for them.

Even if you do not personally know someone, this is still a wonderful bear, and it would make a great donation gift. Take it to a local school, church, shelter, hospital, wherever. The sad truth is, there will be at least one person affected by autism at any of these places.

Since a donation goes to Autism Speaks with the purchase of the bear, it would really be like dual giving. At this price, it is such  great value.

If you want one of these precious bears, I urge you to act fast. They are only available while supplies last. I know these will go fast. Get yours now.

Since I really want you to experience this sweet bear, Build-A-Bear and I are hosting  giveaway. One winner will receive a $25 Build-A-Bear Gift Card. Enter below. Good luck.

35 comments :

  1. I am really happy they came out with a bear for this cause. Right now I am taking a college class about autism and is very interesting.

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  2. I love the fact they even have this IT IS GREAT!!!

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  3. that they are making autism more known

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  4. I love that Build A Bear supports many causes.

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  5. I like the puzzle piece pattern on his feet.

    Name on rafflecopter: Mary Happymommy

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  6. I love that they donate $1 from every bear sold to help fund autism research.

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  7. I love that it brings awareness to Autism!!

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  8. SO cute! I love the color blue to so bonus!

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  9. I love this! A great cause too! :)

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  10. What a cute bear, he's so brightly coloured!!

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  11. You know I am all over this!!! Love the bear!!

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  12. my grandson is autistic. it is a difficult road.

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  13. Such a cute bear to raise awareness!

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  14. I love that they donate $1 for every bear sold. (Roxann)

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  15. This is a great idea to help raise awareness for Autism.

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  16. I love this Bear! I love that it stands for such a great cause! So many of our children are diagnosed with Autism. Thanks for the great review! I love Build a Bear! I need to get my girls there now more than ever!

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  17. I like that it's blue and that it is a bear for a cause! Your son by the way is adorable!

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  18. I love the color, and that it's for a good cause.

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  19. I think its great that build a bear has pulled in awareness for autism into their products!

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  20. This is awesome, such a cute Bear for a wonderful and worth cause!

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  21. Love Build A Bear Workshop and what they are doing to raise awareness!

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  22. I love that they made an Autism bear now they need a orange MS bear!

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  23. ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE! love love love! Such a cute bear for a great cause

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  24. I like that it is made to support Autism.

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  25. Love this! I saw a clip with Holly Robison & her family and autism. Remarkable!!
    My favorite part about this bear is the puzzle pieces. My 5 yr old G'son has autism. I will say we have been blessed!! My G'son has recently adapted a huge interest in puzzles of all different shapes & sizes. We use puzzle art & objects to work with him & it seems to be helping tremendously!! This would be a great tool & fabulous friend for our Niko!! You guys are awesome!! Thank you for your support!!

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  26. I love when companies step up and embrace such an important cause.

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  27. That is awesome! I love the huge smile on your son's face! Absolutely priceless!

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  28. I love the colors and all that it represents, its nice to seem them acknowledge autism
    (d schmidt in widget)

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  29. I love the colors, the bear looks so cute and cuddly!

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  30. I love that he bear just helps bring more awareness about Autism.

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  31. i love that it donates $1 of proceeds to autism awareness

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  32. Who won this contest? The widget isn't displaying a winner.

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    1. Sorry I always wait for the winner to respond in case I have to pick another and so people don't get excited if they have the same initial and it's not them. She replied this morning though and I forgot to announce. Thanks for reminding me. It's up there now.

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