We believe there is more to pediatric medicine than just the science. It is our goal to ensure childhood illness is a journey no child or family ever faces alone.
Since 2011, the Billy Bear Hug Foundation (BBH) has provided the cure of comfort to children with life-threatening illnesses in West Michigan. Through our soft & cuddly teddy bears ("Billy Bears"), care packages, and a handful of events throughout the year, our goal is to ensure childhood illness is a journey no child or family ever endures alone.
BBH was founded by close family and friends of Billy Wondergem. Following his passion for serving others and helping children, BBH hopes to continue Billy's positive impact on the local and medical communities for decades to come.
We partner with organizations like the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, Bronson Children's Hospital, Children's Healing Center, and Hospice of Michigan, providing our signature "Billy Bears" and comfort kits to children with life-threatening illnesses. In keeping true with the idea of bridging Billy's passions for helping children and serving others, we also partner with local hockey teams, schools and other organizations.
For just $10, you can donate a bear to a child in need. Learn about all the ways you can get involved here.
Give A Gift
It's easy to make an impact. Choose your gift type, and we'll take care of making sure that it ends up in the arms of a loving child.
Join the Youth Advisory Board
The Youth Advisory board is a collection of high school students from all around West Michigan, connected by shared interest in making a real impact. Learn about current and past members of our board, and how to apply to be a member.
News & Events
Read about recent visits to drop off bears, volunteering opportunities, upcoming events and more.
To date, over 5,000 bears have been donated to West Michigan children. Hear from both parents and kids about what receiving a gift from the Billy Bear Hug organization meant to them.
Learn Billy's Story
Learn about how and why Billy Bear Hug was founded, and the ways in which the organization aims to carry on the legacy of Billy Wondergram.
Have an awesome idea for a new care kit that you think we should offer? Interested in being a mentor to members of our Youth Advisory board? Whatever your question or suggestion, we'd love to hear from you.