Threadies is a new social enterprise started by Steve Lehmann, Chicago area resident and native, and his best friend Andrew Jones. Threadies teddy bears come in sibling pairs: for each teddy bear purchased in the US, its twin is donated to a child refugee, creating a special bond between children across the world: www.threadies.com
Lehmann and Jones just returned from their pilot test in the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan. Refugee children and parents participated in a test group through International Medical Corps. The children loved the teddy bears, holding them like infants and saying things such as “I want to sleep with it beside me and protect it,” and "I would name it after my mom."
Threadies proudly partners with fair trade manufacturer Child’s Cup Full, a non-profit that trains and employs refugee women in the West Bank. In this way, each handmade Threadies teddy bear helps provide living wages to an artisan, while also supporting the creation of grassroots childhood development programs in the region.
Threadies teddy bears make great gifts for kids—In the US, each Thready includes a special poem sharing the journey of its twin, which was sent abroad to comfort a refugee child. The bond between a purchased Thready and its donated twin truly reaches across oceans.
Visit www.threadies.com/buy to purchase a Thready teddy bear today.