This group will be made up of inspiring young leaders who have a commitment to serve, help others and make a difference in their community. Kids ages 8 to 18 can be nominated through Feb. 27 by visiting buildabear.com/huggableheroes or picking up an entry form at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores, such as the one located inside Meadowood Mall in Reno.
Locally, Ashlee Smith of Spanish Springs was a Huggable Hero in 2010. Smith and her mother have coordinated toy drives to help children who are victims of fire and other disasters.
The 10 selected Huggable Heroes will each receive $10,000: $7,500 in the form of an educational scholarship and $2,500 to be donated to the U.S. charity or Canadian cause of their choice. In addition, the Huggable Heroes will receive a trip for themselves and one parent, or legal guardian, to the Build-A-Bear Workshop World Bearquarters in St. Louis, where they will be honored, participate in a professional photo shoot and take part in a community service project.
Since 2004, more than 100 Huggable Heroes have been recognized and awarded nearly $1 million in donations and scholarship money.
For more information, visit www.buildabear.com/huggableheroes.