Seven Year Old Makes Holidays Brighter For Sick Kids

NEWARK—On Friday, Dec. 11, Children’s Hospital of New Jersey received a visit from an extraordinary child named Justin Martin. Seven-year-old Justin and his father delivered 70 bears from Build-a-Bear Workshop to give to children at the hospital this holiday season.

“Our pediatric patients are delighted to receive the generous gift of Justin’s bears,” says Joshua Rosenblatt, MD, Chairman of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. “Justin’s interest in giving to others is remarkable and the bears will be cherished.”


The first of the bears were given to children in the Pediatric Emergency Department by Justin and his dad. The Justin Charity Bear Fund was created two years ago and this year Justin hopes to receive enough donations to distribute 1,000 bears.

Justin was just 5 ½ years old when he realized that not all children were lucky to have a bear like his. He told his father that he wanted to make bears and give them to needy children, and together they created the nonprofit, The Justin Charity Bear Fund.

In 2008, with help from volunteers and a partnership with the partnered with the Newark Housing Authority, they were able to raise enough money to make 850 bears at the Bridgewater Build-A-Bear store and give them to New Jersey children.  If you want to donate to The Justin Charity Bear Fund, which is a registered 501(c)3 charity, you can contact

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