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Nichole Miller honored for helping abused mothers and their children


May 8, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Nichole Miller, 17, of El Cajon has been named a semi-finalist in the 2010 search for Huggable Heroes®. Nichole is one of 75 young leaders recognized, honored and cele-bear-ated by Build-A-Bear Workshop® for helping make their communities and the world a better place.


Nichole is being recognized for her work with the local El Nido Shelter for abused women and their children.


She organized the adoption of an apartment and ensures it is furnished and ready for a family to call “home.” Nichole coordinates rummage sales, food and holiday gift drives and also gathers school supplies for the children at El Nido. So far, she has helped with 11 apartments and has secured approximately $20,000 in donations of furniture, food, clothing, household items and monetary donations.

Ultimately 10 Huggable Heroes will be selected. Each will receive $10,000 (a $7,500 educational scholarship and $2,500 from the Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation to be donated to the 501(c)(3) charity of the Huggable Hero’s choice). In addition, the Huggable Heroes will win a trip for themselves and a parent/guardian to St. Louis, home of the Build-A-Bear Workshop World Bearquarters. During their visit, they will have the opportunity to meet each other, participate in leadership opportunities and be honored for their good deeds.


Build-A-Bear Workshop launched the Huggable Heroes program in 2004 as a way to recognize young people making a difference in their communities and the world around them. Former Huggable Heroes have been honored for their work with causes including helping children in underdeveloped countries, raising funds and awareness for medical conditions and medical research, empowering kids to make a difference, helping animals and serving the elderly. Huggable Heroes are young leaders who demonstrate strong levels of kindness, compassion and leadership to help make the world a better place.


Nominations for this year’s Huggable Heroes program were accepted from January 15 through February 26. These nominations have now been narrowed down to a field of 75 semi-finalists then will be to 25 finalists and ultimately to 10 Huggable Heroes in June.

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