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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Education about HIV/AIDS Provide Teddy Bears to children Impacted by HIV/AIDS, Encouraging Volunteerism, Promoting HIV testing, Advocating Early Treatment for those who test positive for HIV.

Results: Over 5,000 Teddy Bears given out in almost 2 years. Children have been given Teddy Bears in Houston, Texas, Los Angeles, CA., St. Louis, Mo., New York, NY., Atlanta, GA. Las Vegas, NV., and Mexico.

Target demographics: Children from Birth to 18 years old- Who have been impacted by HIV/AIDS. When we say impacted that means children both infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Varies

Geographic areas served: USA

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every person involved with the Osito Foundationis very dedicated, and make their involvement seem so effortless. They lift spirits of children, educate, and are good role models. I feel honored to be able to participate in the endevers of The Osito Foundation

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I wholeheartedly am in support of The Osito Foundation. The HIV/Aids virus has impacted our world's children and is a reminder of the great polio epidemic some 65 years ago. Some of these children have been abandoned as a result of HIV/Aids. A simple gift such as a teddy bear might not seem like alot to many, but to a little child, it is a symbol of comfort and security. Suddenly, great fears are erased and the world is not such a harsh place. Kudos to the Osito Foundation!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since working with Osito on their first event at Male Uwear in Houston, I find that I will try to help in anyway possible. My partner and I were made Advisors of the Osito Foundation as well. We enjoy what they do because it is helping the Kids. In most cases these kids were not the ones that caused them to have HIV/AIDS or to have a loved one with these medical problems. It's refreshing when an organization like Osito arises and make a difference for all the kids out there. It's a Teddy Bear, but one filled with Joy & Love. Tim & Tony

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can certainly tell you that this organization is one of the best that I have encountered. They target children with HIV/Aids and what a precious target audience they have. It makes a world of a difference for these kids to feel loved and cared for and a teddy bear speaks volumes for them.

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Donor

Rating: 4

In December, 2009 I hosted an event to raise money for the Osito Foundation. The Osito Foundation has a good reputation and drew a fairly good sized crowd. Each attendee donated money for Osito. Osito's presentation and handling of the event was very professional. You can tell they love the kids they serve. I wouldn't hesitate helping them out in the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to attend Camp Hope on the volunteer day July of 2009. I was amazed that day to see all the children carrying around a teddy bear. The Osito Foundation had provided the kids a teddy bear when they arrived at camp on their first day.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a first time volunteer at the Historic Event The Osito Foundation held on Feb. 12 2010 Children's AIDS Day. The event was an all day seminar by some of the best speakers, Doctors who work with HIV adults and children, Insurance companies, Lawyers who help to defend and fight for the rights of those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee sent a spokes person from her office with Special Congressional Recognition and Mayor Annise Parker of Houston spoke and delivered a Proclamation making Feb. 12 2010 Children's AIDS Day.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have donated teddy bears to The Osito Foundation. I believe in the mission to help provide a child comfort and love via a teddy bear. The children that The Osito Foundation serves are for the most part living in households with less than $10,000 a year income. The children can't go out and earn income to make things better at home. So I feel that the emotional comfort that a teddy bear a teddy bear provides is crucial for their emotional and mental health.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The organization is an incredible way to provide children the comfort and care that many need. Being a student here in Denton makes it difficult to really be involved in many of the activities being held in Houston. That is why student here at UNT and I have participated with the Dallas AIDS services to provide help, and service to those in need. Many people really don't realize how much of a difference a Teddy Bear can me to a child. Not only does this organization provide Teddy Bears (a known psycho-social support system) but also foundation conducts Medical Symposiums around the country with a team of elite speakers from the fields of Medicine, Psychology, Legal, Social Services, Political Leaders and others. We may not be able to find the cure, but we will be able to spread the joy of a Teddy Bear in the lives of many children through our efforts