Ty Warner, owner of the largest manufacturer of plush in the world, has announced the introduction of Hope, a limited-edition praying bear. This adorable, multi-coloured bear will offer a symbol of hope to the world, while also raising money for the United Way Worldwide Covid-19 Fund. Warner will contribute 100 per cent of the profits from the original sale to the United Way Worldwide fund.
“The world needs hope, and this little bear just might bring us the smile we need right now," Warner said. "It is an honour to partner with United Way Worldwide, the world's largest non-profit organisation, which has been providing hope to communities around the world for over 135 years."
Suzanne McCormick, US President, United Way Worldwide says: "United Ways around the world are working tirelessly to provide critical human services and much needed financial support to our most vulnerable populations in the face of the devastating Covid-19 pandemic. "We are touched by Ty's introduction of Hope, whose sales profits will help the most vulnerable populations receive critical financial and social service support during this global crisis."
Warner's announcement follows his decision last month to open his Four Seasons Hotel New York to nurses and medical workers fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, providing them a place to stay free of charge. In addition to today's release, Warner is delivering individual Hope bears to the medical professionals currently staying at the hotel – and making additional donations to the United Way Worldwide on their behalf.
Speaking of his decision to open the doors of his Four Seasons Hotel New York free of charge to medical workers responding to the crisis, Warner says: "Many of those working in New York City have to travel long distances to and from their homes after putting in 18-hour workdays caring for Covid-19 patients. Our healthcare workers need a place closer to work where they can rest and regenerate in order to continue their service to our nation's sick and infirm. I am humbled that we could open the doors of the Four Seasons Hotel New York and provide a place for our nation's heroes to rest."
Hope will be available worldwide in essential retail outlets such as drug and grocery stores, so that people can purchase the bear while shopping for groceries and other essential items. Hope can also be ordered online at Ty.com.