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Lakefield youth finalist for Build-A-Bear Workshop Community Service Award

Build-A-Bear Workshop® has selected Lakefield’s Faith Dickinson as one of 50 global finalists in the Company’s annual search for Huggable Heroes, young leaders being recognized for making a positive impact on their communities and around the world. Faith’s selfless efforts through her “Cuddles for Cancer” initiative make her a candidate to be selected as one of 10 Huggable Heroes later this summer.

“Build-A-Bear Workshop launched the Huggable Heroes program in 2004 as a way to recognize young people for their outstanding community service efforts,” said Gina Collins, Build-A-Bear Workshop chief marketing officer. “Young and inspiring leaders like Faith Dickinson embody what Huggable Heroes is all about — children demonstrating genuine kindness and compassion while making a difference for those in need.”

Through her Cuddles for Cancer efforts, Faith makes fleece blankets for cancer patients going through treatments. Faith has made nearly 800 blankets in the past year for recipients around the world — all free of charge. Faith makes her Cuddles for Cancer blankets with the hope that they will offer love, comfort and warmth. Additionally, Faith has made signature soldier blankets for Canadian soldiers returning home from Kuwait and Afghanistan.

Since 2004, Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes have collected approximately 316 million items and raised more than $9.7 million. In August, Build-A-Bear Workshop will announce 10 incredible kids as the 2014 Huggable Heroes. Each of the Huggable Heroes will receive $7,500 - a $5,000 educational scholarship, and a $2,500 donation to a registered charity of their choosing. 

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