Vermont Teddy Bear will give a free bear to every four-year-old in Vermont

Vermont Teddy Bear will give a free bear to every four-year-old in VermontVermont Teddy Bear announced a new ambitious initiative: The Vermont Cub Project. With it every 4-year-old in Vermont will get a free teddy bear.

Vermont Teddy Bear recognizes the importance of giving back to Vermonters and being socially responsible, which it has striven to do during its 36 years in business, the company says in a statement.

“We love living and working in Vermont,” says Bill Shouldice, CEO of The Vermont Teddy Bear Company. “Not only are we surrounded with views of the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain, we are also surrounded by an amazing community filled with the friendliest people. We are constantly looking for ways to give back to our fellow Vermonters, which is why we are so excited to announce our newest effort.”

“Teddy Bears are more than fur and stuffing,” says Abby Temeles, Bear Brand Manager. “They help dry tears, give you courage and are a friend that is always there for you when you need one most.”

The Vermont Cub Project is very simple. Every Vermonter who is four years old can visit the Bear Shop in Shelburne and can choose any teddy bear the store sells which is up to $39.99.

What’s more, there’s no timetable on this. Vermont Teddy Bear says they hope to gift over 650 bears in the first year alone. “We hope this project will help bring joy and happiness to the children all over Vermont,” adds Shouldice. “Sometimes it can be tough out there – making new friends, starting school and riding the bus – so we want to give children a friend with whom they can explore this big, wide world.”

Now this sounds like quite the offer. If you’re in Vermont and know someone who has a 4-year-old child or a nearly 4-year-old child, do let them know. There are teddy bears that want new friends.