You can see all of these smiling pictures on one page - SlideShow pictures (opens in a new window).
Teddies for Tragedies is not a charity, it is a knitting pattern.
Since it's inception in 1985 hundreds of thousands of teddies have been knitted and given to charities and volunteers to bring a smile to children.
The Teddies for Tragedies website
Celebrates the smiles of the children who are given the teddies, thus giving feedback to knitters and illustrating the benefits to charities and volunteers. Creates a central location where charities and volunteers who want teddies can ask for them. Puts teddy knitting groups in contact, so we can better fulfil the needs of charities. Helps knitters and groups find homes for their teddies (and other knitted items).
Teddies are usually knitted by local groups and given to charities operating locally.
There is no national organisation, and no need of one, anyone can knit a few teddies for a cause near their own heart.
The aims of the website are
To generate enough teddies to fulfil current requests.
Increase the number of such requests by contacting charities and giving leads to local knitters/groups.
and to say, Well done everyone.
Teddies are absolutely wonderful, but charities don't send containers full of teddies, they're the icing on the cake.
It's the aim of this website (and all knitters of teddies) to extol the virtues of 'icing'.
The website isn't, doesn't want to be and in fact couldn't be...
A central location which has contact with every charity taking teddies.
Recently someone, somewhere publicised that Teddies for Tragedies was a charity
asking for teddies.
An impossible task for what is not a charity - hundred's of thousands of teddies!
The track record of the website is good, many thousands of teddies have found homes through the website and
not a few knitters have become local collectors/distributors.
So if you want to find homes for your teddies email, I am here to help.
Please explore the website, get inspired and get in touch if you want to knit and especially if you know someone who wants some teddies.