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December 09, 2009 08:08 ET Based in Lake Bluff, Illinois Donates Over $165,000 of Plush Animals to Toys for Tots

Appears Nationally on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

LAKE BLUFF, IL--(Marketwire - December 9, 2009) - Thousands of young girls and boys will soon be sporting huge holiday smiles when they receive lovable and squishy plush animals donated by to support Toys for Tots.

"Plush animals are gifts that bring both immediate joy and heartfelt warm memories for years to come," says Bruce Benton, President of "Particularly at this time of year, young children need to be reminded that they are loved. There is a good chance these children will keep their plush animals well in to their adult lives," adds Benton. Over 3,500 plush animals were delivered to an ecstatic group of employees and volunteers at Toys for Tots.

Individual consumers can make a difference this year, too. will donate an additional plush animal to Toys for Tots for every personalized plush animal purchased online when consumers enter the code T4T at checkout from December 9 - 31, 2009. appeared nationally on The Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday afternoon. "When invited to support Toys for Tots on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, jumped at the opportunity," says Benton. "Ellen has helped raise millions of dollars in toys for the Toys for Tots program and we are thrilled to be a small part of it this year," adds Benton.


Fifty-two weeks a year, ships many hundreds of plush animals wearing customized thoughtful messages to loyal customers, their family and their friends. stocks thousands of plush animals in a variety of over 200 styles with brand names including Gund, Ganz and Aurora and ranging from six inches to nearly five feet tall. Each one includes a colorful gift card and custom imprinted personalized shirt or bandana at no additional charge. is a division of Bearly Friends, LLC, based in Lake Bluff, Illinois, and began its personalized plush online business in 2002. For more information, go to or call 800-800-BEAR (2327).

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    Bruce Benton
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