Good Bears of the World was founded in England in 1969 by the late journalist and radio pioneer, James Theodore Ownby.
Headquarters were located in Mr. Ownby’s radio station, KNDI in Honolulu, Hawaii until the group relocated to Toledo, Ohio in 1991.
The purpose of Good Bears of the World (GBW) is to spread love and caring to children and the elderly who are in need of comfort and solacing.
Good Bears of the World was the first group to donate teddy bears to police departments in the early 80’s. This program has gained tremendous popularity in the last few decades.
Mr. Ownby passed away in 1986 and his dream is carried on by members located worldwide.
Hundreds of thousands of teddy bears, provided by GBW, have eased the fears, traumatic experiences, abused children, victims of accident and natural disaster and comforted the lonely, fearful elderly citizens.
Tragedies such as the Oklahoma City bombing, the crash of TWA flight 800, the events of September 11, 2001, Hurricane Katrina, Kansas tornados and floods, Fukashima Nuclear Disaster and Tsunami, etc., have been included in our bear giftings.
Firemen, policemen, emergency workers, psychologists, and grief counselors have discovered the teddy bear's magical healing power on children and families in traumatic situations.
GBW is still vigorous and growing and is supported entirely by membership and generous donations.