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A Challenge Bear made by recovering Veterans: A gift that inspires the recipient to build a better world, then pass on the challenge!
A Challenge Bear made by recovering Veterans: A gift that inspires the recipient to build a better world, then pass on the challenge!
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THE CHALLENGE

When you give this bear to a young person, you give a challenge – both from yourself, and from the Veterans who crafted them.  This is more than a teddy bear, it’s a companion on your journey to make the world a better place.  This durable, belt or pack mountable bear is there to inspire you the whole way, and to join you in your celebratory photographs of your accomplishments.  These photos are the key to continuing the challenge, when you upload them to our Facebook page or the social media page of your choosing as you challenge your friends!  https://www.facebook.com/ChallengeBears

THE GOALS


Wear the bear during a beach or park clean up, while serving food at a homeless shelter, while exploring at a museum, participating in a fund raising walk, while experiencing civics at a City Hall meeting or traveling to a new community and building relationships with people from another culture.  What can you do to make the world a better place?  Take a picture or a video and show your pride by posting it to Facebook or Instagram.  The remarkable Challenge Bear has a hidden pocket to hold souvenirs of your path in achieving the goal, as well as the Veterans challenge card as a reminder.


OUR STORY

We are a group of Veterans who have seen a life of service, and we want to create something that will challenge people to serve our communities and to make the world a better place.  GreenVetsLA is a non-profit program set up by a disabled former Army officer to provide work therapy on projects for once-homeless and at-risk Veterans.  These projects are more than work, they inspire these Veterans to feel like they are once again serving their community, and give them the sense of pride and self-respect to empower them to rejoin the society they once served. 


FIELD TESTED!

Army veteran Steve S. led the way!  He strapped his challenge bear to his motorcycle and rode from Key West, Florida to Point Barrow, Alaska to benefit six different charities.  We watched Steve’s Facebook postings of Challenge Bear pictures illustrating his trek across North America. 

Experiencing the Amazon Rainforest
Experiencing the Amazon Rainforest

Another Challenge Bear toured South America and was gifted to a French boy who's family is circumnavigating the world and experiencing its vast cultures. 

BUILDING TIMELINE


The Christmas Holiday Season is our delivery target.  With our Kickstarter campaign running through October, we expect to manufacture over a five week period throughout November and into early December.  We will ship the bears in mid-December to have them delivered to our customers in time to wrap them up for the Holiday Season.


GROUP OR BUSINESS INSPIRATION PURCHASES


What better motivating holiday gift for your group or staff? Have us embroider your group’s logo onto a set of our bears to give as a challenge to your team, or for them to challenge their families.  We can embroider just your logo, or your logo with the words “Challenge for a Better World” around your logo.  Both options still come with a hang tag printed with the challenge from our Veterans to the recipient.  Our Veterans would get a boost from seeing a Challenge Bear competition on your company’s Facebook page, and we think your customers would get a boost too. (Different Color Options Available)


REWARDS

FUN FACTS
The project that led to the Challenge Bear was the Battle Bear.  This was a similar bear that our Veterans designed and made using camouflage cloths that matched the uniforms of deployed service members.  These heroes could then take a picture of the bear in their matching fatigues, attach their unit patch to the bear’s belly, and send it home with a picture of the parent with the bear.  For the child, this creates a visual bond through the bear to the deployed parent. 

Risks and challenges

RISKS AND CHALLENGES
What’s great is that we are staffed with Veterans! They plan for the best and prepare for the worst!
For two years we’ve been producing teddy bears called “Battle Bears” for deployed service members to give to their families to help them continue their bonds while away from home. As the Challenge Bears are of similar shape, material, and production steps to the Battle Bears, we are confident that we will be able to produce them on time and with very few problems.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THIS KICKSTARTER GOES TOO WELL?
Let’s start with the awesome problems! Our program works with a local sewing factory that has generously supported us with volunteered labor, training, sourcing, patterning, warehousing and shipping just in case there are more orders than we can handle and meet our delivery promise.
We also have access to their network of subcontracted production and fulfillment companies. But rest assured, every Challenge Bear will be worked on by our Veterans, and all proceeds will go to the GreenVetsLA program.
We have prepared for the event that if demand exceeds our expectations we are ready with additional materials and resources ensuring that we can expand production capacity at our program. On both tasks, our Vets are a “GO!”

DESIGN CHALLENGES
Sometimes as sewing projects go to manufacturing, we determine slight modifications that may improve the efficiency of production. For this reason, minor modifications in design or form may be done on the Bear, but we will do our best to maintain the lovable shape, design, feel and durability.

CAN LOGISTICAL PROBLEMS HAPPEN?
Have the cloth mill and the webbing weaver run out of the colors we need? Could our embroidery machine break down on the first production run? Yes, but all Veterans know that the best way to be prepared is to have a backup! And we have located backups for every part, machine and supply that we can think of here!

SHIPPING CHALLENGES
A huge advantage to MADE IN AMERICA bears are that you don’t have to worry about shipping delays from products crossing the seas to get here. While we will try our best to avoid ANY delays in the delivery date, we will be 100% transparent with any updates or changes. We’ll also be sending you updates throughout the production and shipping process to keep you posted on progress!

OUR COMMITMENT TO QUALITY
We have got this covered! Some of the advisors on this project have sewn parachute packs and medical harnesses for the military – these are people who understand quality. The factory that advises and backstops our program is ISO 9001:2008 certified, which is the gold standard for industrial sewing manufacturing. Our Veterans learn their processes from working under this system. This means is that each Challenge Bear will be built on time and to the high specifications of our program.
All of this is incredibly important to us, but we’re also committed to your happiness. We’re here to do everything we possibly can to make your challenge as memorable and fantastic as possible. If there is anything we can do to make your adventure better, please contact us at info@greenvetsla.org or on the good, old-fashioned telephone at 424-219-0799 and ask for Jim, Jodi or Deirdre.

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    THANK YOU for your support! We will put your name on the morale Banner that hangs in the Veterans sewing facility to remind our Veterans who their supporters are every time they come to work!

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    You will receive a sturdy reusable shopping bag that was sewn by the very same Veterans who will produce these Challenge Bears as well as a sticker and a shout out on our social media site!

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    You will receive a Veteran Printed "I Heart Vets" shirt as well as a Bumper Sticker!

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    THE OLIVE GREEN CHALLENGE BEAR. For your $37 donation you will receive a hand sewn and stuffed Bear to start your chain of challenges! This covers the wages of the Veteran and materials for each bear as well as shipping costs. You will also receive a Bumper Sticker.

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    THE BLUE CHALLENGE BEAR. For your $37 donation you will receive a hand sewn and stuffed Bear to start your chain of challenges! This covers the wages of the Veteran and materials for each bear as well as shipping costs. You will also receive a Bumper Sticker.

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    THE TAN CHALLENGE BEAR. For your $37 donation you will receive a hand sewn and stuffed Bear to start your chain of challenges! This covers the wages of the Veteran and materials for each bear as well as shipping costs. You will also receive a Bumper Sticker.

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    The Limited Edition Camouflage Challenge Bear. This Bear is made from the Multicam camo pattern. You will also get a bumper sticker!

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    The Scout Bear!
    This bear comes with a 4 x 4 Velcro field patch for Scout members to attach their unit patches to the front! Customized with a Flur De Li on the leg, it's ready to take part in any challenge a scout might come up against

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    The Police Challenge Bear! This bear comes in Navy Blue or Olive Green with embroidered "Challenge" and a 4 x 4 Velcro field patch to attach your badges to the front! We will contact you to choose blue or olive.

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    The Military Challenge Bear! This bear comes in Coyote Tan with embroidered "Challenge" and a 4 x 4 Velcro field patch to attach your patch to the front!

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    THE BROWN CHALLENGE BEAR & SHIRT COMBO. You will receive a brown Challenge Bear as well as a Veteran Printed "I Heart Vets" Shirt

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    THE BLUE CHALLENGE BEAR & SHIRT COMBO. You will receive a blue Challenge Bear as well as a Veteran Printed "I Heart Vets" Shirt!

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    THE GREEN CHALLENGE BEAR & SHIRT COMBO. You will receive a Green Challenge Bear as well as a Veteran Printed "I Heart Vets" Shirt!

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    You will receive a limited edition Pink Challenge Bear!

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    You will receive a limited edition white Challenge Bear, symbolizing the plight of the endangered polar bear!

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    EVERYTHING! You will receive our BLUE Challenge Bear to start your chain of challenges as well as a reusable shopping bags sewn by our dear Veterans, a Veteran printed "I heart Vets" Shirt and a GreenVetsLA bumper sticker.

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    PERSONALIZED! EVERYTHING! You will receive our BROWN Challenge Bear with your name embroidered above the challenge logo! As well as a reusable shopping bags sewn by our dear Veterans, a Veteran printed "I heart Vets" Shirt and a GreenVetsLA bumper sticker.

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    You will receive a Challenge Bear with a custom design of your choosing embroidered right on the bear. Get creative! You will also get all the swag!

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    You will get the 10 Pack of Challenge Bears! This is a great pack for students! You will also get one set of the swag!

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    The Customized 10+10 Pack -choose 2 colors! This is a great pack if you are a business/group/non profit and you want your logo embroidered on the front! Organize your team Challenge today! Choose two colors from: Tan, Blue, and Olive Green, supply us with one logo design.

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    THE SUPER GIVER! By sponsoring a sewing machine your opening a space for another Veteran to join our organization and build a brighter future for themselves. You will receive a Challenge Bear, a set of all the swag and we will engrave your name on a plaque mounted on the sewing machine.

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