We Care Bears Project
Awards & Recognition
The We Care Bears Project, while spearheaded by Jessica, is truly a collaborative effort. None of it could be done with out the generous support of children, schools, the community and YOU!! Thank you for working with us to make the world a better place one stuffed animal at a time.
Jefferson Lead360 Award
Mayor's Choice Award
Orange County, FL
Disney Dreamers and Doers Award
2017 The President's Volunteer Service Award
2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Certificate of Excellence
2016 Care Bear Share Your Care Kid Ambassador
June 2015 Kohls Cares Local Winner
March 2015 Hero of the Month
February 2015 Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Award Winner -
Featured in August 2014 Highlights Magazine
2014 Lead 360 Challenge
1st Place in the Service To Youth
2014 Make A Difference Day Honoree
Jessica Carscadden donated the $10,000 Make A Difference Day grant from Newman's Own to Love Without Boundaries to provide cleft lip and palate surgeries for 25 orphaned children during the 2014 Cleft Medical Exchange. These children willcome from all over China to receive very quality life-changing surgeries by experienced American doctors. This grant will help give children beautiful new smiles by covering hospital bills, care-giving fees, surgical supplies, medications, and travel expenses for the children and their nannies. Being born in China with a severe cleft lip and palate Jessica has a unique understanding of how life changing these surgeries will be for all the children involved.
2013 Peace First Fellow
Jessica was one of 10 young people, ages 8-22 from the US to receive an inaugural Peace First Prize and Fellowship for their peacemaking efforts. The prize includes a cash award to use in the advancement of her project and education, as well as a mentoring and fellowship program for the next 2 years.
Featured in July/August 2013 American Girl Magazine
2013 Kohl's Cares Regional Award Winner
With a passion to help others, Jessica collected more than 3,500 teddy bears and donated them to first responders to comfort children during traumatic events.
2013 Heart Of America -
Gee Whiz Kids Award
Jessica is an inspiration to her peers, encouraging students to serve their community and providing opportunities for them to get involved with her project. Recently, We Care Bears held a large volunteer event for local youth that created over 500 bags of bears, which is enough bears for every single police car in San Diego.
Excellence in Service and Leadership Awardee - October 2013
Jessica Carscadden, a fifth grader from Monterey Ridge Elementary School in San Diego, California started the We Care Bears Project in 2012 when, while cleaning her room, she realized how many new, stuffed animals were in her collection.
Jessica decided to pack them up, and took the bags to her local fire station. She imagined that if she could organize and get other kids to donate, every emergency vehicle in town could have a bag of stuffed animals to help comfort a child who was injured, scared, or in an emergency situation. After speaking with the principal and the student council at her school, Jessica decided to host a Make A Difference Day event where she hoped to collect over 500 bags of stuffed animals. Since its launch, the We Care Bear Project has put bags of stuffed animals in over 400 emergency vehicles in eight counties in CA and has donated an additional 60 bags to the Ronald McDonald House in Las Vegas, NV. Jessica says her favorite quote comes from a song by Paul Sikes, which is also the theme for the We Care Project, 'Don't tell me you're too small to do amazing things!' -
See more at: http://www.generationon.org/teens/meet/excellence-in-service-and-leadership-awardees#We Care Bears
December 2012 Daily Points Of Light Awardee
2012 TLC Award
Her positive attitude and compassion for others inspired Jessica to start collecting stuffed animals for service members and their families. If the service member has to leave, their kids can have this stuffed animal to “Huggle” with, in case they are lonely, scared, or in pain like Jessica was.
Her effort inspired a movement – with number of organizations to help, along with her elementary school, and even many peers. My Unsung Hero Foundation rewarded Jessica with $1000 cash prize, custom made trophy, and one of her dreams come true! We flew her favorite singer (Paul Sikes) from Nashville to sing her favorite song to her in person. It was a surprise like no other – for her and her parents! The story of that night even made its way to a featured article in Country Magazine!
Link to story HERE
San Diego Family Magazine - Feb 2013