LOS ANGELES, June 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Company (BHTBC) announced today a project to provide free toys for the children caught up in border politics and housed in United States government facilities in the states bordering Mexico with the help of the team behind the acclaimed Pope Francis documentary film FRANCESCO.
"As one of the nation's premier manufacturers of stuffed toys, we have been moved by the crisis on the US border with Mexico and the difficult circumstances of unaccompanied children," BHTBC chief executive David Socha said. "And as a Roman Catholic, I was inspired after viewing FRANCESCO on Discovery+ and hearing the Pope's message about these children to do something, anything, to ease their suffering."
"We know the happiness a simple toy can bring to a child who has none," Socha said. "So we acted."
Deliveries started in May. So far, the toy company has delivered 6,000 toys to children cared for by charity groups along the border of California and Texas. Socha said this is only the start; they will deliver thousands more free toys in the days ahead.
"The Holy Father has often stated these are the children of God, and we must help them," Socha said. "We are humbled to be the messengers of hope for His Holiness and are truly moved by the joy we witness with each delivery of toys to 'the little ones' Jesus taught us to treasure and protect."
The team will continue to deliver toys to the refugee children at facilities in all border states, providing enough stuffed animals to give one to every child under the age of 16 in US custody now and into the near future.
"We do not concern ourselves with the politics of this crisis," Socha said. "We are acting solely as men of faith, as fathers, as a toymaker and a filmmaker to do as the Pope tells us: to help the children of God."
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FRANCESCO is the headline-making Pope Francis documentary from Oscar® nominated director Evgeny Afineevsky. This groundbreaking film now airing on Discovery+ features unprecedented access to Pope Francis, providing an intimate look at a global leader who approaches challenging and complex issues with tremendous humility, wisdom and generosity towards all. For more information visit FrancescoFilm.com
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