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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Philanthropy, Public Foundations

Mission: To Comfort the hurts and hearts of children who are hospitalized and alone.

Results: Since 2010 we have donated over 2,000 Owie BowWowie to hospitalized children all over the United States, but to continue giving... we need your help. Comfort is love in action, and it will take many of us to ensure that not one of the 20 million hospitalized children (per year) are forgotten.

Target demographics: Children who are hospitalized with a life-threatening illness.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Northridge Hospital

Geographic areas served: Northridge Hospital, Loma Linda Medical Center, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, and many others!

Programs: We have many programs designed for specific needs. Please contact us if you would like to know more about ways in which we can help you to give.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with Gina and OwieBowWowie since he first arrived one day in a Big Brown Van. I have watched Gina dedicate and sacrifice to be able to get Owie to as many little one's who need him in their lives. I have watched over the years the lives that Owie has touched... not just the children who have recieved a new friend when they needed one... but the parents who sometimes see a smile on their child's face that haven't had a reason to smile in awhile. Owie is there in the dark of night when sometimes no one else is. Owie lives only to help little ones who need a friend in a big way... he lives to "Comfort Hurts and Hearts" I wish there was a way to be able to bring an OwieBowWowie into the life a every little one who needs one. Thanks Gina and Owie for touching the lives of so many little ones.

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owiebowwowie 10/31/2014

And thank you for being the one who came up with our mission... xo

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was approached to help with some design needs for a "project" to help hospitalized children, I never realized how much of an impact this project would make. Owie Bow Wowie is a stuffed toy, true... but he really does have a heart! When I hear of the children (and adults) who have been recipients of this wonderful little fuzzball, and the way he has helped them weather some horrific storms in their lives, it makes me proud to be associated with this organization. Everyone deserves to feel loved and not alone, and Owie helps them to feel comforted in a very special way.

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owiebowwowie 10/30/2014

THANK YOU, ELLEN for giving Owie life on paper! You're PAWSome!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gina is one of the strongest, most dedicated people I have ever met. She has committed so much time and energy to empowering hospitalized children. Owie BowWowie has come a very long way since I first started volunteering here and I look forward to seeing Gina's full visions realized :)

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owiebowwowie 10/30/2014

THANK YOU!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

By chance a friend say a small article from a local chamber newsletter NO Picture just a small article about a local non profit. .I googled Owie Bow Wowie and fell in love with the idea, concept and meaning of Owie. I sent an email to Owie and I got a call and a reply. I am a proud Owie Comforteer.
I have started sharing Owie with the Bark for Life events I am chairing which is now a branch of Owie Bark For Life's Owies. I have given Owies to those who need comfort a friend who lost her puppy in PA, a friend going thru a depression, a friend who will be having her breast removed and is only 32. My nieces just because I love them. A friend going thru Chemo treatments and a friend who just needed a little smile to make her feel better. Owie is just an amazing little dog he makes you smile just seeing him. but to have him to hold cuddle or just be by you is comfort and love that speaks to your heart and soul.
But for a child in the hospital Owie is a constant friend companion who is there for a child or adult in the hospital.
Owie is a constant travel companion taking him and sharing him and having photo ops to share with the Owie community at Where's Owie?
The best is seeing a child with an Owie and knowing Owie is helping that child get thru whatever life may have thrown there way.
Thank you Gina for Creating this special dog that has a HUGE Message and a HUGE meaning to so many. It would be great to see Owie at Every Hospital for every child or person That is in need of an Owie Bow Wowie...

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owiebowwowie 10/30/2014

THANK YOU!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

OwieBowWowie is a great organization ran by one of the most generous and selfless women I have ever met. She cares more about those people in need of comfort then she does herself and has sacrificed more than anyone can truly understand to ensure the sick children have something to hold onto. This selfless and giving attitude is directly mirrored by the organization who gives much more than a toy to these kids. OwieBowWowie is more than a toy the child can hold onto. It’s a symbol to these children that they are not alone and that people are thinking of them. It also gives those people who feel helpless when they see a sick child something to do, something to give.

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owiebowwowie 10/30/2014

THANK YOU!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was priviledged to meet & travel with Gina Gippner-Woods when her first shipment of OwieBowWowies was ordered. Since that time we have remained close friends & I was blessed to help design one of the first websites. I have presented OwieBowWowie to our Rotary Club, our local hospital's Ladies Auxillary and the Kawanis as well as many family & friends. My oldest friend of 53 years recently was told.she was dying. When her family had said their goodbyes I asked the ICU nurse to bring Carol the OwieBowWowie I had brought with me. Nurededses reported her huge smile and how she reached for him to hug him close. A very short time later, within 2 hours, she revived and was taken off the critical list and went home a few days later with OwieBowWowie. Carol reported the nurses had much fun moving Owie from place to place while she slept and it became a game to find him once she awakened. Smiles abounded and Owie was told he would be greatly missed by the ICU staff.

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owiebowwowie 10/30/2014

THANK YOU!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

OwieBowWowie and Friends is a great organization that provides love and comfort to the hearts of terminally ill children. Owie is a plush stuffed toy that comes with blanket, crayons and coloring book. So many children are in hospitals alone with no family due to their medical conditions and location of the hospitals. Owie gives children something that is theirs to love, hug, and hold. Owie is super special because he also has a bandage on his leg. I've seen so many photos of children who are obviously ill and yet, look so happy with their Owies. I love that he is donated to the children at the local hospitals and would love to see him available to all children. The Founder, Gina Woods, has the biggest heart of anyone I know. Her love, compassion, and dedication is amazing.

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owiebowwowie 10/30/2014

THANK YOU!