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The Bears Are Back in Town!
14-year-old entrepreneur, Jason O'Neill, sets to top last year's Christmas fundraiser for Rady Children's Hospital by giving more than 1800 teddy bears
By: Nancy O'Neill
Last year with the help of dozens and dozens of people from around the world, O'Neill raised $5,130 and donated 1800 teddy bears to Rady Children’s Hospital. His goal this year is to top that.
People often think that if you can't give a large amount to charity that it's not worth it. O'Neill knows differently. Every dollar makes a difference and by the emails he continues to receive, he knows that even a small, cuddly teddy bear can mean the world to a child who is in the hospital, especially during the holidays.
Since O'Neill started his business, Pencil Bugs, five years ago, he has been donating a portion of his proceeds to children's charities. This year, he became a published author with his book, "Bitten by the Business Bug: Common Sense Tips for Business and Life from a Teen Entrepreneur."
1) Make a monetary donation to Pencil Bugs & 100% of the donation will be used to buy teddy bears.
2) Make a monetary donation directly to Rady Children's Hospital & the money will be used in various ways to benefit the children.
3) Buy an autographed copy of his new book or any of his other products and a portion of the proceeds will be used to buy more bears.
O'Neill feels generosity is a two-way street; a win-win situation. He helps those who help him. Visit his website http://www.pencilbugs.com and click the BEARS for more details.
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Pencil Bugs Plus is the creation of young entrepreneur, Jason O'Neill, when he was just nine years old. What started in 2005 with the main product, Pencil Bugs, a handcrafted colorful, bug-like pencil topper has become a successful enterprise with bookmarks, original greeting cards, birthday invitations, and in 2010, his first book, "Bitten by the Business Bug: Common Sense Tips for Business and Life from a Teen Entrepreneur."