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These cuddly teddy bears deliver a dose of delight to kids in refugee camps.

Perhaps there was something universal about the comforting quality of a stuffed animal.

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A year after Haiti’s massive earthquake in 2010, Steve Lehmann visited the country and observed the profound effect the disaster had on local children. After working with refugees in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda as well, he wanted to make a difference in restoring comfort and stability to kids recovering from disasters. He founded Threadies, a company that now provides stuffed bears to children affected by humanitarian emergencies around the world.