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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Molly Bear?
A Molly bear is a weighted teddy bear made to the specific weight of the baby that passed away. We provide a way to fill the empty arms of a family in need. Molly Bears makes bears for families enduring the loss of a baby from conception up to 12 months of age.
How can I get a Bear?
To get a bear please fill out our order form on the 30th or the last day of each month, located here: Bear Sign-Up
Where can I read details about the Order Terms and Conditions?
Follow the link to read our Terms & Conditions
How can I help?
First and foremost we need donations. Without donations, we can not continue to fill arms with desperately needed bears. We have many different types of volunteers: Bear Artist, Insert Creator, Tutu Artist, button Artist, Bow Artist, donations of crafting supplies and fundraising. Would you like to help? Just let us know. Please email us at email@example.com
How long will it take to get my bear
We currently have a 4-6 month wait to receive your bear. To ensure each need is being met, we have donation opportunities: Donation Drawing
What sizes are the Bears?
Our bears sizes are:
Tiny Micro: 3 inches holds 0.5 ounce to 2 ounces
Micro: 8 inches, holds 2.5 ounces to 1 pound 4 ounces
Small: 12 inches, holds up to 3 pounds
Medium: 15 inches, holds up to 7 pounds
Large: 18 inches, holds up to 10 pounds
XLarge: 20 inches, holds up to 14 pounds
Who can receive a Molly Bear?
A Molly Bear is provided to parents coping with the death of a baby from conception up to 12 months of age. We will provide Molly Bears, free of charge, for the first loss. For multiple losses, due to funding, we must require any additional bears be paid for at cost. Any questions regarding the additional fee, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
My friend/relative recently lost their baby. Can I sign them up for a bear?
Unfortunately no. Although we know your heart is in the right place, a Molly Bear is a very personal choice. We require that the parents in need of the bear fill out the order form personally.
I'd love to volunteer to help make bears. How can I do that?
We need help with our bear inserts. If you have a sewing machine and can donate fabric, please send an email to email@example.com. If you'd like to become a bear maker, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. It's costly to set up a bear maker, so we currently have a waiting list.
I lost my baby many years ago, can I order a bear?
Yes absolutely! Please signup for a bear. We would love to fill your aching arms. There is no time limit on grief. We've made bears for people who had losses 30+ years ago. They found their bears very comforting.
I can't find my name on the waiting list. Why is that?
We update the waiting list around the middle of each month. If you placed your order the previous month, we ask that you wait until at least the 16th of the month before sending an inquiry to email@example.com. (Our website is best viewed in an updated browser: GOOGLE Chrome, Mozilla Firefox.) Please refresh the Tracking Bears page and wait patiently.
I can't sew, but I'd still love to help.
Molly Bears operates 100% on donations. Without donations, we can't continue. We very much appreciate any and all monetary donations, every little bit helps. We are an official non-profit organization. Your donations are tax deductible. We understand that not everyone can donate. We do take other types of donations such as fabric, buttons, bows and anything that can be used to personalize our bears. Please help us continue our mission of making weighted teddy bears to fill the aching arms of families all over the world.
How do I make a donation? Or, I don't have a PayPal account. Can I donate some other way?
You can donate via PayPal. Donate Here. If you do not have a PayPal account, it is very easy to setup one up. It is secure and fast. If you would prefer to send a check or money order,
our mailing address is:
868 Hopwood Lane
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23455
Do you accept donated bears?
We do accept donations of teddy bears. They must be new, unused bears with the tags still attached. They can not be bears that still have tags but have been "sitting on shelves" for any length of time. If we receive bears that are new, but unusable (Example: Beanie Babies, jointed bears, or bears with "connected" or "sewn shut" arms and legs) we will donate them to a local Fire Department or Women's and Children's shelter. If we receive bears that are used (Example: Has stains, sticky spots, squashed or "loved" look) we will have to dispose of them. We can not gift a Molly Bear to a family that is used. We like to tell people, "If you'd like to see this bear arrive at your house as your "Molly Bear", then it would most likely be a perfect donation".
I live outside of the United States. Can I get a bear?
You most definitely can receive a Molly Bear in honor of your Angel. Due to the high cost of shipping internationally, there is a shipping fee that will need to be paid once your order is ready to create. You will be contacted by Molly Bears for the shipping payment at that time. If you have questions regarding international shipping, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I need to make a change to my order. How can I update you?
Please send all changes to email@example.com, including address changes. Please include your waiting list number in your email.