Please read what others have to say about Lucie and her mission…
On December 28, 2008, I got to meet an amazing young lady, Lucie, when she walked into the Towson Town Center Build a Bear Workshop. She had come to this store to use her own money and gift cards to buy bears for children in the Ronald McDonald House. WOW! When many children are counting down the hours until Santa comes, Lucie was out spreading some holiday cheer of her own. My staff was speechless when they learned of Lucie’s wonderful gesture. The Towson Town Build A Bear started to see Lucie pretty often after that! Not even a few months later we found out about the horrible tragedy that her family went through when their house caught fire. But even when faced with something so horrific, Lucie did not miss a beat. Instead of dwelling on what happened she kept her thoughts on the next time she would be building bears! It has been an honor to have Lucie come into my life and teach me lessons on selflessness and giving. She has become family to our Build a Bear team and we are so proud of her!
Chief Workshop Manager
Towson Town Center
“…Her vision and determination, at such a young age, is inspiring to us all. We are so grateful for what Lucie is doing for the Ronald McDonald House families. What a great thing to have…kids helping kids!”
Deborah L. Hood
Ronald McDonald House
Nous sommes fiers de toi. Notre petite princesse au grand coeur. Gros bisous.
Mamy et Papy (From Belgium).
Nous sommes très fiers de toi ma petite puce. Grâce à toi des dizaines d’enfants retrouvent le sourire. Tu leur donne beaucoup de bonheur. C’est très beau de rendre les gens heureux comme tu le fais. Continue! On t’aime très fort.
Tatie (From Belgium).
I just wanted to write and say it was such an honor and privilege meeting you and your family last night in my store in Cherry Hill. What you do is so amazing and I just wanted to say thank you for allowing me the time to help with all your new friends that I know will be getting a great home and lots of love. Keep up the fantastic work and I hope to see you and your family again. You truly are a hero thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me share this experience. 🙂
Build A Bear Workshop
Cherry Hill, NJ
You have become a wonderful friend for our global family here at Maryland’s Ronald McDonald House. Your kindness and sparkling spirit have encircled our Home. You are a great tribute to the power of generosity as you have enriched the lives of so many children in need of the joy you share. Thank you for caring, and more important, acting, to make the lives of all around you happier…better! YOU ARE A PART OF THE ENDLESS STREAM OF MAGNIFICENT CHILDREN WHO SHARE OUR HOME — YOU ARE FAMILY. STAY HAPPY -STAY GREAT AND KEEP GOING.
Maryland’s Ronald McDonald House
Lucie, I work for Build-A-Bear Workshop in London, England. Maxine, our Chief Executive Bear, has just shared your story with our whole company and I just wanted to let you know how inspired I was by your actions. You are a truly special person with a heart of Gold. Well done and keep up the good work. Just to let you know that here in London we are already looking at ways of getting bears to children that need a hug and this is all because we were inspired by you!! Take care and good luck. Hugs .
Build A Bear Workshop
I had the great pleasure of meeting you today when you came into the Build a Bear store in Towson during our school Build a Bear event. This was the fifth year that I have organized this event to benefit the organization “Kids Helping Hopkins,” for which I am a representative. Like your work with The Ronald McDonald House, our mission is to build as many teddy bears as possible for the sick children that visit the Child Life Center at Johns Hopkins. Our motto is Build a Bear…Build a Smile, and we have built hundreds of teddy bears in the past five years. I was so incredibly touched to hear your inspiring story, and feel truly honored and appreciative that you decided to take part in our event today, donating 4 bears to our cause. You have a kind and giving soul and are mature and insightful beyond your years. It completely warmed my heart to meet you and hear of the fine work you are doing. You deserve to feel very proud. Perhaps one day you can come visit my first-grade students and tell them your story. Please feel free to contact me anytime. I would be happy and honored to assist you in your work with Build a Bear!
Big Bear Hugs,
Mrs. Dana Pollara
Kids Helping Hopkins Liaison
I first met Lucie’s mom, Belinda, when my husband and I would take our son and dog for nightly walks around the neighborhood. We would always stop and chat. One day I noticed a “Hugs From Lucie” sticker on Belinda’s car. I asked her what it was about. She explained that Lucie had started her own non-profit and that she was giving bears to children at the Ronald McDonald House. I was so impressed that a ten-year-old girl could be so selfless and loving. When Belinda asked me to be a part of the Board, I didn’t hesitate. I am proud to support Lucie’s dream of bringing smiles to kids one bear at a time!
Former Secretary of Hugs From Lucie