For so many children in our world, the essential ingredients of childhood are displaced by the devastating trauma of war, conflict, and disasters. A healthy, playful childhood is simply out of reach. After seeing the heart breaking effects of trauma around the world, we were moved to act. Taking inspiration from the comfort our own stuffed animals brought us, we designed a new kind of teddy bear, custom built to provide the psychological healing and comfort that vulnerable kids need.
To create the most comforting teddy bear around, we’ve worked with the world’s foremost authorities on child psychology and tested designs in some of the harshest places on earth. Today, Thready bears are comforting thousands of children around the world, from inner city Chicago to refugee camps bordering Syria.
Andrew Jones — Andrew is an entrepreneur with experience in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. With a degree in International Economics & Cultural Affairs from Valparaiso University, every venture he’s participated in has used business as a force for good. In addition to Threadies, he and his wife Kate own Fair and Square Imports, a retail store that sells fair trade products benefiting disadvantaged artisans around the world. His joy lies in bringing handmade items to market and seeing the lives of producers transformed through trade.