You may be familiar with our annual Teddy Bear Drive during the holiday season when our shop window displays are overrun by teddy bears donated by our generous customers, dealers and friends.
The Teddy Bear Drive was created in 2006 by our shop owner's daughter, Melissa Carboni, in loving memory of her sister, Jill Carboni, who lost her life in a car accident on November 27, 2005. Jill was always striving to make a difference and her contagious kindness, compassion and love inspired Melissa to begin the Teddy Bear Drive to honor children who have faced loss and illness. With the goal of helping to make the world brighter for children in need of the comfort of a teddy bear, over the years thousands of stuffed animals have been provided to organizations including Childrens Hospital Boston, The Jimmy Fund Clinic, Toys for Tots and many more.
In 2017, Melissa created a year-round fundraiser via www.bearsforjill.com, which allows the opportunity to keep Jill's spirit alive throughout the year, while increasing the positive impact of our community toward children, individuals, and the earth. To participate, please click the link (above).
When you buy a stuffed animal through Bears for Jill . . .
* You receive an organic, hypo-allergenic, fair trade sourced bear sewn by a woman at-risk
* 20% of the proceeds are donated to Camp Sunshine (additional donations may be made with no fees)
* A teddy bear is donated to a child in need through the organization's buy one, give one program
Holliston Antiques is proud to support this on-going fundraising effort in Jill's honor.