QT Bear Foundation

Comforting children in need 1 (QT) Bear hug at a time.

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Brads had a rough go lately, and this made him smile. He goes for his normal infusion Friday & having a best friend to wear a mask with certainly will help his spirits!

Allison M.

I wanted to cry when I opened my QT Bear! You have come up with something amazing and put so much work into it. It is truly heartwarming.

Candace F.

Jordan has been holding onto his bear all day, he says it helps him with all of his emotions. This is so special.

Chelsea M.

We have a 5 year old kiddo with autism, so mask wearing has been a transition for us. QT Bear brought ease, comfort, and happiness to our son!

Kimberly P.

My children LOVE their bears! Great quality & super cute & somthing wonderful for my children to cuddle with during these tough times.


Our little great niece loves her bear and now takes it to all of her dr appointments. She really needed something to make her smile. Thank you!

Michelle L.

The reactions of my students getting their bears has been overwhelming. They love them (and truly needed them). I had kids in tears telling me how much they loved them.

Suzanne R.

Thank you so much. I wish we could have done the opening maskless (we are maskers) just so you could see her smile. It is an absolutely lovely thing you do. You are brightening so many lives.

Kristen S.

Recent news

Qt Bears for Ukrainian Children!

The QT Bear Foundation recently sent 150 QT Bears to Oswiecim, Poland. Our bears were given to Ukrainian refugee children who fled to safety with their families.

This donation was made possible by partnering with One Humanity Institute- who personally handed out our QT bears to those in need. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to this very meaningful donation!

Our Largest Donation Yet!

2/2/22: We donated 150 QT Bears to Connecticut Children's Medical Center! This has been our largest donation to date! These QT Bears were gifted to children in the Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders unit. We couldn't have done this without our amazing donors and all of those who attended our fundraising event "A Beary Great Cause".

A special thank you goes out to WFSB News for helping us get the word out. Thank you!

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QT Bears for Phoenix Children's Hospital

With the help of many amazing donors, 100 QT bears have been sent to children at Phoenix Children's Hospital's Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders. This donation was a collaboration with the Tyler Hallsey Foundation . Their mission is to provide hope and joy to children diagnosed with cancer, while working tirelessly to raise awareness and funding for childhood cancer research.

QT Bears for Emerson Hospital- June 2021

QT Bears were delivered to Emerson Hospital's Pediatric Unit on June 28th, 2021. Our real-life QT Bear came along and spread lots of smiles & bear hugs to the staff & patients at Emerson Hospital. It was an amazing day and we couldn't have done it without the support of our donors!

Click the link below to see a heartfelt photo of a patient who recieved one of our bears!

"Ellie Bear"

QT Bears for Tufts Children's Hospital- May 2021

With help from the community, the QT Bear Foundation raised enough funds to donate a QT Bear to every child in a bed at Tuft's Children's Hospital (Boston, MA). We even made a special bear for their service dog, Bob!

Bob the Dog- Tuft's Children's Hospital

Why spread (QT) bear hugs?

Founder, Olivia here! Pictured above is me with my Dad, Bob Carlson, who has been my inspiration behind it all. Before he passed away of pancreatic cancer, we got these matching bears together. His bear is now buried with him...while mine brings me comfort when I'm missing him most. He may not be here on Earth with me anymore, but having my bear reminds me that he's never too far away.

Inspired by how much comfort something as simple as a teddy bear can bring, I created The QT Bear Foundation to help others who may be struggling. My hope is that these bears can serve as a reminder of strength, comfort, and hope to those that need it most.

QuaranTine Bears: Where it All Began

The idea of a bear with a mask was born during the COVID-19 Pandemic to comfort children in their transition to mask-wearing. "QT Bear" originally stood for "QuaranTine Bear". We started as a small business, however, we are excited to share that we are now a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit- The QT Bear Foundation. We will continue to meet the needs that arise and do everything we can to get our bears into the arms of children that need them most.

Where it all began!

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