Can We Do More Than "Thoughts & Prayers" To Keep Every Kid Safe?

We believe the answer is NO! So we're providing an inspiring way for people fed up with school shootings to act beyond "thoughts and prayers". Watch the video below.

Our Mission

Our mission is to inspire people to demand that their Senator support Universal Background Checks by delivering and displaying 7782 teddy bears (the number of kids shot and killed by guns every year) at the U.S. Capitol to show Americans and the world the magnitude of America’s gun violence epidemic.

You can help support our Teddy Bear powered movement in 3 simple steps:

Step 1: Watch The Music Video

The music video "More Than I Can Bear" which tells the powerful story of a school shooting from the perspective of a teddy bear.  

Step 2: Make A Contribution

We're asking for a contribution of $1, $5, $20, or any amount you can donate. Our mission is simple, let Congress know " we will not bear another life lost."

Step 3: Share The Video & Sign The Petition

Share the video with every human in your universe know on these platforms

Then sign the petition "The Teddy Bear Pledge" by clicking this link: http://bit.ly/2oA9eZW

ADDITIONAL INFO:

Since the Columbine Massacre in 1999, over 228,000 kids (and their families) have experienced the horror of a school shooting. (Washington Post https://wapo.st/2l9vkkm)

America, we have a gun violence EPIDEMIC.

It needs to be addressed URGENTLY.

The time to take action is NOW.

The Teddy Bear Campaign is a social empowerment campaign (produced by The Firestarter Nation). We are an independent artist led movement giving people that are fed up with gun violence an inspiring way to act beyond “thoughts and prayers.” 

Our Goals:

1. Get Congress To Pass Universal Background Checks:  Our mission is to inspire the world by delivering and displaying 7,782 Teddy Bears at the US Capitol (Spring 2020). By showing the magnitude of America's Gun Violence Epidemic we hope to inspire people like YOU to tell YOUR Senator to vote YES for Universal Background Checks 

2. Raise Money for organizations addressing gun violence and survivors of school shootings / gun violence. (i.e. Everytown & Parkland Survivors Fund)

3. Bring 1 Million Signatures to congress when we bring the Teddy Bears. Sign the petition here: http://bit.ly/2oA9eZW

Who Is Producing The Campaign?

The Firestarters Nation is a team of dynamic change-makers, storytellers and creatives including:

  • Sanyika The Firestarter - Founder Of the Firestarter Nation is a Speaker, Performing Artist and Storyteller.
  • Eric "Helix" Wolfson - Co Founder / Creative Director
  • Steve Tobenkin - Chief Strategist
  • Andrew Perry - Project Manager
  • Chris Hayman - Music Director
  • Angela Sulai Kaiser - Campaign Support / Research / Producer

As well as a community of other powerful Firestarters like YOU!

What Do All Of Your Gracious Contributions Help Fund?

  • The Video: Shooting The Music Video For Our Viral Anthem "More Than I Can Bear" (First Round Of Funding, THANK YOU)
  • The Website: Information, Updates, Teddy Bear Bill Petition Sign Ups
  • The Activation: Permits, Public Relations & Media, Equipment For The Washington DC Event in Spring 2020)
  • The People: The dedicated organizational team needed to create and execute this audacious mission.

Is this a charitable effort?

The Teddy Bear Campaign is an independent artist led initiative. If you would like to make a tax deductible  non-profit contribution through our fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas, email us at Hello@FirestarterLive.Com for more info.

How Much Are You Raising?

Our Total Fundraising Goal is $50,000+.  Every single dollar we raise over the cost of executing this mission will be donated to organizations that support survivors, advance legislation and keep kids safe from gun violence. Organizations like Everytown USA visit them here:  https://everytown.org/

How Do I Get Involved?

You can email us at Hello@FirestarterLive.Com

Thank You For Your Support!

Deborah Hoffman
The video had me crying! I don't have much money! But I feel the need to support our children's safety. Teddybears rule! Love & Peace..to all♥️
$1.00
Jeremiah Rygh
Emma Garrison
love this, and you! such an important message and soo here to support it.
$20.00
Billy Bross
We need more humans like Saniyka! Love ya brother.
$100.00
Ben The Bridge
Keep igniting these inspiring fires my brother! Thank you!
$132.00
Anonymous $25.00
Toby
Very important message and really inspirational. Look forward to seeing the teddy bears on display at the Congress.
Connie Curtis
I am so excited and proud of you and I know this is changing right now. No more school shootings.
$20.00
Teresa Capaldo
Thank you for creating this powerful, critical movement.
Gregory Markel
Bravo to you and the team!
$100.00
Mitch Kirsch $25.00
Lia Kulla
Thank you so much for the love you are sending into the world.
The Mehlers $25.00
Kipa Cetán
I’d love to be there when you take the teddy bears.
$333.00
Deborah Rogow
Melissa Rebronja
Steve Tobenkin
Lets kick this off!
$100.00
Ian Slade
I’m right beside you all the way brother Sanyika!
$25.00
LaVees Best
Go, Yika!
Tiffany Cannava
Awesome Job!
$25.00
Durk Dehner
So I think this will assist in your endeavor of meeting your goal. yours Durk Dehner
$500.00
Akira Chan
So important - let's make this big.
$100.00
Jerry Lucas $200.00
Benjamin & Azrya
Anonymous
I am making this donation in representing A safer place
$20.00
Ogugua Anene-Maidoh
Just listened to you on the Are you being real podcast. So inspirational! Thank you for your service
$20.00
Steve Soffer
BIG LOVE is a BIG Teddy Bear! I knew that!
Eric Post
You’re the man.
$100.00
cauri $30.00
Sari Ratsula
Sanyika, Thank you for the amazing things you do in this world. I love your passion and how you use it. May there be big things to come! Sari
$575.00
Judith Shapiro
Phil Wolfson $250.00
Alyssa Harper $2,500.00
Kammi and Brad
Gail Kaufman $50.00
Tom Soto $50.00
Lisa Flores $50.00
Jay Levin $50.00
Marc Snyder $50.00
Judy Norsigian $50.00
Judy Tisdale $50.00
Nathan Messina
Wish I could help out this weekend!! Much love <3
$30.00
D a v i d L i l i e n s t e i n
Keep up the good work!
$100.00
Alice Wolfson
I love this. Such good work,
$2,000.00
Anonymous
Gary Mancuso $100.00
Anonymous $100.00
James Mandell
Anonymous
Thank you for helping end gun violence!
$30.00
Richard Burke
Congrats! Proud of you!
Anonymous $10.00
Ryland Engelhart
Glad to bring you home.
$100.00
Steve Weinberg $50.00
Anonymous $32.00
Rev. GPK
Great cause, Firestarter! Happy to help! GPK
$100.00
Ryan Crownholm $100.00
Greg
Love you dear brother. Greg Wendt
$108.00
Peter Bromley
An inspiring initiative lifted by a very inspiring man.
$50.00
Anonymous $100.00
HughJohn Malanaphy $50.00
Christian Tejidor
Isaac
Big hug
$100.00
Harry Karidis, DGA $100.00
Ian Slade
Solid work bro! Ian Slade
Andrewc $100.00
Gary Mancuso
Hey Sanyika, Good luck!! Gary
$50.00
Greg Logan
Nearly there! G x
$300.00
Justin Bookey
Crucial cause, strong message. Here's to success.
Brad Giemza
Best of luck meeting your goal!! Great cause!!
$100.00
Terrence & Sherise Brownlee
Keep doing what you do!
Sasha Shem $100.00
Joy Grajo
L Williamson
BOOM.
$100.00
Ben Cooke $72.00
Anonymous $100.00
Jason Sordia
My metal brother!!
Earl Apellanes
Fammo!
$50.00
Hayley McKinley (Love My Neighbor Foundation)
Glenn's Designs
Thank you for taking actions to help end gun violence. We look forward to joining you in DC in April. Go FIRESTARTERS UNITED!!
$501.00
Colin Mangham
I have a Teddy Bear named "Dadou", given to me in appreciation of my service to a non-profit nearly 25 years ago. He was named after a French short film in which a school-aged girl finds a clever way to get her dad to pay more attention to her. Dadou is cheering you on as well!
$100.00
Lynn B. Cooper $50.00
Gregory Markel $50.00
Brad Johnson $50.00
Ryan Thompson
Proud of you brother! Keep this going!
$200.00
Mike Isseks
I’ll spread the word! Much love
$50.00
Pamela Donnelly
Reaching out with support for all you do. Love, Pamela
$50.00
Allan Grosvenor
Awesome cause! You're making a real difference!
$100.00
David Freeman Consulting Group
Keep setting the pace ...
$100.00
Jamie McCrary $50.00
Vivid Labs $100.00
Jorge Rodriguez $25.00
Chris and Jen $150.00
Javier Lopez $25.00
David $25.00
Anonymous $100.00
jeanette fenty $25.00
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Anonymous
John Sungkamee $100.00
Lyndsay Morris $100.00
Corinne Butler
Big love Holly - love your work x
Jenna Christine Johnson
Proud of you guys for making this real!
$10.00
Aandra $100.00
Rachel Bardis
❤️
Alisha $20.00
Anish Parikh $50.00
Debora J McCormick $100.00
Paola K Wong $100.00
Alan & Delwyn Breslau $20.00
Nicolas Azlon Menchaca
Thank you for who you are and what you do! Love and respect! I appreciate you!
$10.00
Rhiannon Clark
I heard about this through Sylvia Hendershott.
$20.00
Debra Anderson $20.00
Vincent Dignan
Proud to support! Vin Clancy
Anonymous
Donation for Kelly Gardner
$400.00
Buddy $20.00
Danny Klein
Great cause! So excited for this!!
$50.00
Praful Mathur $200.00
Rob & Linda Kessler
SeanBaum $25.00
Chase $50.00
E. Powell $150.00
Will Henshall $200.00
Anonymous
Anonymous $50.00
Patricia Elder $20.00
Charles Byrd
Michael Amos
universal background checks
$50.00
ANASTASIA JONAS $5.00
Dr. Camacho
An Angel giving some hope and a taken to help with this cause
Melissa $20.00
Porter Family
Good luck with your campaign.
$25.00
Dave Aarons
This is a gift that was encouraged by the love and passion of David Tosti.
$250.00
Richard Egli $100.00
Anonymous
Gabriella Hernandez $10.00
Morea Arthur $25.00
On behalf of my soul sister Lana Wilson✨
Lana Wilson -
$22.22
Anonymous
Carissa Cassone
Monique Benabou $33.00
Donovan
Melinda Apple Pay $90.00
Michael $495.00
AVos $50.00
Hitana van Melle
Inspired by Danielle Galland
$25.00
Zion $90.00
Meghan $20.00
Phyllis Espinosa_ Sarah Schindler $50.00
Anonymous $100.00
Anonymous
Justin Perea
RibbedTee.com
We're big suuporters of this initiative and couldn't be happier to make a contribution to the Teddy Bear Campaign!!
$500.00
Anonymous
On behalf of Russell Breton. You are amazing!!
$250.00
Emily Bundellu $20.00
Anonymous
TOSTI
Craig Ortiz $5.00
Anonymous $9.00
Christopher Ball $100.00
jim hagopian
on behalf of jim hagopian
$100.00
Aiyana Sage $20.00
Anonymous
Mytika T $100.00
Maria Snipp $400.00
Caitlin Davis & Chris Raddatz
Aaron D $10.00
Anonymous
Jess
Leadership is unreasonable! Get after it
$30.00
Anonymous $10.00
Anonymous $500.00
Delious Kennedy $300.00
Anonymous
Dayna Williams
Keep up the amazing work
$33.33
Arielle $20.00
Barry James $100.00
Al-faro Hernández $50.00
Kelly G $20.00
Kay/david Tosti
Tosti
$120.00
Jen
A-a-ron $25.00
Danielle Galland
My personal donation
$20.00
Aakash Purandare $100.00
Eugenia Gorkowa $50.00
Sarah Schindler
$100 from FB donation fund $20 of my own money
$120.00
Anonymous $200.00
Anonymous
Thank you for doing this. I support you all so much and wish I could give more. I have also shared on my Facebook.
$22.00
Laura Madden $56.00
Helen Rose
On behalf of Lana Wilson!
$100.00
Randtastic
Anonymous $200.00
Krystyn Linville
Hope this helps Stacey!
Sarah Matson
Thank Danielle Galland for bringing me to the cause!
$100.00
Paige Filliater $100.00
Chris K
Friend of Byron
$100.00
Jim Hagopian $20.00
Laurie Cancellieri $100.00
Lukaijah $20.00
Melody Elder $20.00
Marge Runka $50.00
G.Rinaldo
Donating on behalf of Lana
KC
Martha $10.00
LP $100.00
Senor cash $100.00
Richard Kuo
Tosti
$100.00
Trinity Karunaratne $31.00
vanessa sorrells $150.00
Marella c/o Shirley Maycon-Thomas
May Mae
On behalf of Matthew Downey
$20.00
KK $20.00
Lauren Becker $20.00
Elise
Elisa
xx Syl ♥️
$30.00
Whit
Get it guys! Great cause! You can do thiiiiis team extreme! Out here supporting Beth Bryant & Byron
$20.00
Ernie Garcia
Raphael K $10.00
Brian Simpson
Get it Kelly Gardner and the rest of my Extreme brethren!
Jackie Linne
Thank you for doing this work <3
$25.00
Vanessa Chan
Thank you and good luck! This donation is made on behalf of my friend Byron Runka in support of his goal :)
$50.00
Brad Newman
Zion Kim for president
$500.00
Joseph Paulino
Keep up the great work! Be blessed and well!
$50.00
Jake Johnson
Go Rams!
$100.00
Ki $20.00
Dr. Gary Arthur
Dave Tosti
$50.00
Anonymous
Keezia turner $50.00
Natalie $40.00
RD $10.00
Anonymous
Andy, Rebekah, Enzo
Thanks Adam Hendershott.
$20.00
Marissa Haywood $50.00
Alexander R Kosenko Jr
Thank you!
$20.00
Anonymous $18.00
Stasia
Referred by Sylvia Hendershott
$20.00
Kelly Hughes
Thanks!
$25.00
Allison Ott
XO Sylvia Hendershott
$88.00
Marla Mattenson
Such an important cause. Thank you for organizing this. xoxo
$100.00
Brett Morell
Steven David Foord $10.00
Jacki O $47.62
michaelsaltzman $5.00
Sylvia Hendershott $100.00
Caroline M. Ott
Sylvia xo
Megan Bentley-Kerr
Thanks for telling me about this great cause, Danielle Galland!!
$100.00
Lauren E Ciulla
David Pare $75.00
Erin Jubril
Anonymous
Durian Songbird
From Lukijah’s friend Durian. Good luck!
$20.00
Anonymous $30.00
Kenny & Linda Morton
Awesome job Russell! Proud of you!
$100.00
Albert Agazaryan $100.00
Anita Vora
Let’s create impactful change!
$50.00
Brittany Ishibashi $100.00
Matthew Watters $100.00
Anna Paz
Sylvia and Adam Hendershott
Adam Poole
Get it Extreme Team!!!!
$25.00
Laura A Bautista
Excited to see you guys reach your goal. :)
$31.00
Elizabeth & Chris $100.00
Dale Michaelson $50.00
Nicole B. $5.00
Dan $50.00
Allyson Byrd
I was invited to this cause by Bella Verita and Zion Kim; honored to donate.
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Eve T $25.00
Sunetra $100.00
Anonymous $50.00
Christine $10.00
Gregg Silver $200.00
Sam Lotus
Love youuuu
$20.00
Kareem
I love the message, shoutout my boy Zion for sharing this page!
$100.00
Tamar
Tamar
$100.00
JC $100.00
Lauren Sutherland
Grace C
On behalf of Adam Hendershott
Grace C
On behalf of Sylvia Hendershott
James Montgomery
Raised by ZK
$100.00
Kipa Cetán $111.00
Danielle Galland
Hope
$100.00
Digna James $20.00
Joe + Denise - New Paradigm of Love
Rock on brother. Great idea!
$100.00
Anonymous $25.00
Anonymous $100.00
Clay Ostrom, Map & Fire
Love this project. So important!
$50.00
CH $20.00
Tristan Klobas
This is a contribution associated with Danielle Galland
$100.00
Sam zewdie $50.00
Candice Archer $20.00
Autumn
Great idea & cause, Syl!
Emily Hollister
Sylvia Beatriz
$50.00
Melissa $20.00
Beth Bryant $150.00
Ted Bryant
Good work well done
$25.00
Julie
Sending love- proud of you all for leading with your hearts!
$100.00
Anonymous $20.00
Alisa Nelson $20.00
Holly Neighbours $20.00
Danielle Galland crew
Danielle Garland! Keep up the good work!
$25.00
Cathy Storoz
Thank you for doing wonderful work for such great causes:)) this is on behalf of my friend Byron Runka, to help him reach his goal:)
$30.00
Adrienne Chaille $25.00
Tc $20.00
Danielle Galland
Via Danielle Galland
$50.00
eli wilhide $200.00
Rachel Stone $5.00
Anonymous $60.00
Lupe Otiz $100.00
CJ
Natalie Domazet
Get it!
$50.00
Angela Earp $20.00
cameron ontkean $50.00
Anonymous
Simon Fyall $20.00
Anonymous
Anonymous
Bashar
Honoured to help in the cause
$100.00
Elite $200.00
Shannii Da Costa
Yes amazing cause. Byron asked so I donated ❤️
$50.00
Alexandra I. Mason $100.00
EO Visions
Keep killing it! Keep doing good.
$25.00
Lisa Finck Certified Life Coach Institute
Great work!
$50.00
Blue Water Transport Inc
Jim spitzig $200.00
Melissa Anderson
Good luck you beautiful humans
$20.00
Oliver k
Good luck keep up the good work
$10.00
Chanel
woooooo!!!!! what a beautiful cause! much love to you all !
$300.00
Fred Moss $100.00
Kai Johnson $100.00
Serena $10.00
Pam Koppel $25.00
Anonymous
Mama B $50.00
Courtney Loechl
Thanks to all of you for taking the initiative to drive this change! <3
$25.00
Star
Thank you!
$100.00
Emily $100.00
Joanne breton
God bless your endeavors, may he be glorified!
$100.00
Judy’s Junction $50.00
Anonymous $100.00
Kamene
russellbreton
yayyyyy test
$25.00

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