Tuesday, December 7, 2010

GIVEAWAY: Build-A-Bear Workshop Gives to Toys For Tots... And Gives You A $25 Gift Card

Hey Lovelies!

I have to admit this: I hate the cold weather. Don't get me wrong, although I think there is something magical about that first NYC snowfall and the crisp air during the Holidays, it stops there. After January 2nd, the cold weather is just not my cup of tea, which is exactly what I need in order to keep warm.

But, like I said, there is something amazing about the Holiday season. And perhaps that amazingness starts with the spirit of giving.

This weekend, Aiden and I had the honor of attending The Build-A-Bear Workshop Toys for Tots Holiday Giving Gather at the Build-A-Bear Workshop headquarters in NYC. Each Holiday season, Build-A-Bear Workshop gives generously to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots program. And this year was no different.

Upon arrival, Aiden and I were greeted by Bearemy, the cutest (and largest!) teddy ever. Aiden was a bit skeptical at first, but then he totally embraced all of the hugs. And love.

Children were able to receive a mini-lesson on helping others this Holiday season from a local community service leader and the 2010 Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Hero, Jourdan Urbach.

As one of the country's top youth philanthropists, Jourdan Urbach is the founder and director of Children Helping Children, an organization that raises funds to research and eradicate neurological diseases. We could all learn a thing or two from him!

And whoa, did Aiden learn! After making a bear for children in need of a teddy bear hug, Aiden was happy to be a good helper, and couldn't place the bear in the bin fast enough. I was one proud mama! Here we are with the U.S. Marine Corps after Aiden placed the bear he made in the bin. Love this!

I mean, even at this tender age, he can learn to be thankful for all of his blessings and that giving is the magic of the season. We even spent the remainder of the weekend collecting our gently used coats, which we donated to NY Cares, and our gently used clothing and shoes, which Goodwill is picking up this week. That's how we have a helping holiday and he's learning that, sometimes 'tis better to give than to receive.

Now... about the GIVEAWAY!

1 (one) lucky follower of Mommy Delicious will receive a $25 Build-A-Bear Gift Card! Here's how to enter the giveaway:

Mandatory Entry:
  • Follow this blog via Google Friends Connect and leave a comment saying that you are a new follower and how your family has a "helping holiday"
  • If you are already a follower, leave a comment saying how your family has a "helping holiday"
Extra Entries:
  • Follow @MommyDelicious on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway. ~ 1 entry
  • "Like" Mommy Delicious on Facebook. ~ 1 entry
  • If you own a blog, write a post about this giveaway and link it back to this post. ~ 2 entries.
  • You MUST complete the mandatory entry before completing the extra entries.
  • Leave each "extra entry" in a separate comment so that it can be counted.
  • You don't have to own a blog to follow Mommy Delicious and enter to win.
  • Valid for US addresses only
  • 1 (one) eligible entry will be randomly chosen as the winner via random.org

Good luck!


Disclaimer: Mommy Delicious was not compensated to write this post. Build-A-Bear Workshop is providing the gift card to the winner.


  1. Our family has been a holiday helper by assisting the Wallace Family Life Center collect toys, clothes and more for over 45 needy families in my hometown. Plus, we've made several donations to the Goodwill here. It feels good to give back to those who in a position that I was once in myself.

  2. So great to see you both last weekend. Your pictures came out GREAT - you are so photogenic!

  3. I follow you on GFC. We're donating to toys for tots.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  4. I follow you on Twitter and tweeted:


  5. I like you on Facebook- Mary Happymommy

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  6. Alicia,

    Thanks for the nice kudos! You go girl, I am so proud of you! Columbia University! I went to BankStreet when I lived in New York. I still have family in New York. I am now following you. Thanks for the follow, I am super happy you will purchase my book. I am giving portion of proceeds to lambi Fund of Haiti. I am Haitian American. Please pass the word about my book to your contacts and friends. I have a second trilingual book due to be published in 2011.

    Nicole Weaver

  7. I'm already a GFC follower. My family has donated toys to toy drives and we always give to the Salvation Army bell ringers.

  8. Follow @MommyDelicious on Twitter and tweeted

  9. I am your new follower and each year we are helping by donating some blankets/toys our local church and school. Thanks for visiting my blog.
    showmemama at ymail dot com

  10. "Like" Mommy Delicious on Facebook
    showmemama at ymail dot com

  11. I follow via GFC and we donate to coats for kids and the salvation army every year. :) It's great and I'm teaching my kids to do the same :)

    tristatecruisers at yahoo dot com

  12. "Like" Mommy Delicious on FB :)

    tristatecruisers at yahoo dot com

  13. What an awesome story!!! Yeah sometimes you just gotta push through it for the kiddies. You looked amazing!! ( and makes me want to move back to NYC right now for experiences just like this!) xoxoxo

  14. What an awesome idea!!! We don't have a Build A Bear Workshop local, unfortunately :(

    I would have love to attend something like that! What a great learning experience for Aiden!

  15. I'm a new follower. So happy you are a New Yorker. Maybe I'll see you at one of the events!

    I like to donate to the Salvation Army or give away things we don't need to family members in need.

  16. I follow you on twitter and tweeted: http://twitter.com/NewYorkChica/status/13819068750503936

  17. new follower (thanks for stoppng by)
    We give a lot to homeless shelters clothes, coats, shoes etc. we also go through cabinets and donate food when we can.

  18. following you at nightowlmama2 and tweet


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