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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

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Angie79

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Gina and I have been friends for twenty years. She was there for me when my 13 year old son died from cancer. Part of owie comes from kyle's story. Gina has more than a heart of gold, she is gold!! What she has developed for hospitalized children is amazing. She has sacrificed so much and given her all to make Owie a loving lasting reminder of good in this world.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It was my honor to meet Gina Gippner Woods just over 9 years ago at an event which helped to showcase our Snowball Express mission for the children of our fallen. She is one of the warmest most sincere individuals I have ever met. She took it upon herself to hand make 5 quilts showcasing handprints of some of our heroes children which we were able to present to our major sponsors including Oakley Corporation. Her efforts to bring joy and comfort to sick and ailing children through her work with OwieBowWowie is priceless and speaks volumes to her character and passion. I am proud to call her friend. ONWARD! Trisha Marshall, National Gold Star Family Director for American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation. AFWMF.org

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owiebowwowie 11/03/2014

THANK YOU for all that you do also!

1 UncagedPaws

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known Gina Woods and Owie for three years. I met them in advance of a life changing event for me. Gina gifted an Owie to me which provided comfort at a time of tremendous loss. In the years since our meeting, I knew that Owie provided many ways to bring comfort. Our organization, Uncaged Paws has joined with Owie BowWowie to bring awareness to the plight of shelter animals. In our Save A Dog - Give A Dog program for each shelter pet that is saved a contribution is made to provide a hospitalized child with their own FUR-iend of Owie. With 8 million companion animals entering animal shelters each year, Owie and Uncaged Paws are working together with rescues across the country who provide PAWsitive outcomes, a win for shelter pets and children. Woof it up Owie!

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owiebowwowie 11/03/2014

THANK YOU! Onward to comforting children and their furry furiends! xo

1 Gina66

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We all know a stay in the hospital can be frightening. As a grandmother of a toddler who needed an extended stay in the hospital, we found it extremely important to try to create an atmosphere that was friendly and non-intimidating for our precious guy. OwieBowWowie helps to do just that. Not every child has the joy of a family standing by his or her side during a hospitalization. Smiles can be far and few between. Imagine the joy of a cuddly stuffed animal waiting just for you when you least expect it! The tenacious love and dedicated efforts behind OwieBowWowie create magical moments for children in pain. Kudos to this foundation!

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owiebowwowie 10/31/2014

Thank you!

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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

1 Lorri M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is Lorri Ann McKinney and I am writing to you today in regard to OwieBowWowie and Gina Gippner-Woods... simply amazing..not only to myself personally but to all the children helped by her totally selfless acts of kindness and generosity. Gina and I have become acquainted through our Pomeranian adoption agency ( The 4legged showgirl society) and hope to do a project together in the future that benefits both the children and dogs..thank you for your time.

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owiebowwowie 10/30/2014

Thank you! Looking forward to working with you!

1 Suzetta V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my son came home after major brain surgery, to reduce a tumor in his brain stem, and Owie dog was there waiting for him! Seeing Owie gave our 16 month old baby his first smile after a month in the hospital recovering. I cannot express the joy in our hearts we felt that day, it was a ray of pure sunshine!

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owiebowwowie 10/30/2014

Thank you, and continued prayers for Spencer. xo

1 Beth127

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Gina Woods and her OwieBowWowie creation are both invaluable assets to the non profit community and people in need of comfort. I am a proud supporter of OwieBowWowie and his power to help heal. It has been a privilege to find ways to incorporate OwieBowWowie into the work our organization does with rescue animal organizations. Owie has inspired lots of healing at both ends of the leash. Gina's social media messages also provide an amazing source of inspiration, perspective and appreciation that touches people where and when it is most needed. Heartfelt gratitude to Gina for the countless ways she and Owie contribute towards making the world a better place for the rest of us. -Beth Pattee Co-Founder/CEO WhatCanWe.org

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owiebowwowie 10/30/2014

Thank you Beth! We love Whatcanwe! You rock!

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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!

2 Gary52

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known about OwieBowWowie for several years and have thought extremely highly about the mission and the person(s) behind this fabulous little pup. I am all about children and want to do everything I possibly can to help youngsters, wherever they are and under whatever circumstances. A year ago, while traveling overseas to work with another non-profit in a kids-related mission, I took several Owie pups along, these to share with some of those children. Their hearts burst with joy at the sight.... What could be a better feeling for a parent to see the joy in their child's eyes, or in the eyes of another's child. PRICELESS, as is the mission to share Owie with hospitalized children.

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owiebowwowie 10/30/2014

THANK YOU!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Gina Gippner-Woods makes the most amazing little dogs. She sends, or gives, them to children that are facing medical problems. I have known her to drive for several hours to deliver an Owie Bow Wowie to a child in serious medical condition.
I have been a prayer warrior for her for two years. I have had the privilege of seeing the comfort Owie brings to these precious children.
i know she makes these sweet treasures with love and prayers. She even sends some out with no money being received by her.

Peggy Guyer, Livonia, MI

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owiebowwowie 10/30/2014

THANK YOU, PEGGY.

2 Linda325

Donor

Rating: 5

I walked into a store because I was attracted by the merchandise in the window and found out that it was a non-profit. Whenever an item was bought a adorable stuffed animal was given to a child in a hospital. I stayed and bought a present for a dear friend's grandchild. I told Gina about my da.ughter who has MS, she's 37 and in a wheel chair. In addition to the Owie Bowie that' was sent to the hospital, Gina gave me one for my daughter. It was so kind and although my daughter is an adult it was very motivating for her to know someone who didn't even know her cared..

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owiebowwowie 10/30/2014

THANK YOU, LINDA.

3 Frankie P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

OwieBowWowie is the dogchild of creator Gina Woods and what a blessing they both are to the world. With 22 million families touched with a critically ill child, OwieBowWowie is often the brightest part of the child's day. OwieBowWowie is a comfort toy, a FURiend, a confidante, and cuddle bunny and a soft place to land when tubes, and needles and oxygen masks become the order of the day.
Kids aren't meant to be in hospitals, but sometimes that is the reality of their Life.
The Love , the comfort and the SMILES that OwieBowWowie brings to each child and their families is priceless. There is no better charity than OwieBowWowie. He makes us all feel like kids when we see him and want him if we don't have one.
Gina Woods is a blessing and so is her Owie!
Frankie Picasso ...founder Host of The Good Radio Network
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thegoodradionetwork/2014/10/30/8-million-children-alone-in-the-hospital-with-no-visitorsenter-owiebowwowie-1

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owiebowwowie 10/30/2014

Thank you Frankie.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Several years ago I crossed paths with Gina. Her personal story and her tenacity both in her own life and her life helping others was nothing short of humbling. It was obvious that her own personal experiences had a profound affect on her life and her future.

To think that something as simple as a stuffed doggie could lift the spirits of a cancer patient in such a profound way. Her faith and her ambition have changed lives......saved lives, and offered happiness in this simple stuffed animal. To realize that loneliness can be eliminated or at least lessened with a new companion, a 'OwieBowWowie' was all it took to set Gina on a path to reach as many children as she could, and she has done just that. She has touched a myriad of lives, the children and their families. She is a blessing to all who know her and come in contact with her. May God continue to bless her in this godly endeavor.

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owiebowwowie 10/30/2014

THANK YOU!

2 Cherie M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Gina is it ambitious and tireless worker for Owie Bow Wowie. Having been a former employee in the medical field I can tell you what a gift she provides. When a child is suffering in the hospital and someone gives them a puppy who has owies like they do, you can't comprehend the good that does. It gives them a reason to smile, a companion and a connection. Anyone looking to donate to a cause this is it. Gina is a woman of Faith and trust worthy your donations go directly to the children. All her energy goes to this cause. Thank you for being such a bright light in a dark world

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owiebowwowie 10/30/2014

THANK YOU!

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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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Donor

Rating: 5

Gina Woods and her foundation
is an inspiration to donors in that we see where
our donations directly end... In an Owie Bowie
Wowie delivered to a child in pain.

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owiebowwowie 10/30/2014

THANK YOU!

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owiebowwowie 10/30/2014

THANK YOU!

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1 Richard59

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

OwieBowWowie is on a mission of love and compassion. As a former veterinarian I am aware of the beneficial effects of pets for kids development, for health and well-being. Owie is the next best thing to owning a pet - always faithful, loyal, loving, caring, non-judgmental, always there.

My prayer is that more would capture the vision and mission of Owie that he will be an ambassador and healer for kids around the world.

Be Pawsome!
Dr Richard Norris

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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It all started with an invitation to an online home business party to raise money for a Marine family stationed in Hawaii. The wife was expecting their third baby. The ordeals, scares, anxiousness, and fears were mounting daily. Due to some unexpected difficulty with the developing baby, Mom was sent to San Diego's Naval Hospital. She was alone, separated from her husband and sons as well as extended family. I thought, how can we help her? We sent care packages, love notes... and then along came Owie! He and his blanket became a source of comfort to the entire family! I will let Mom tell her story should she choose to do so. But!! If you know Gina, my friend and my Cali Sis, not only did Owie come into the picture, but all the love that Owie could hold in his heart! God bless you, Gina and our wonderful Owie! MamaLinda

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owiebowwowie 10/30/2014

THANK YOU!