This Australian teenager took up stitching teddy bears as a hobby, and has now made around 800 teddy bears, which he then sent to children all over the world in order to spread a message of love and good will.
Campbell Remess is a 13-year-old Tasmanian boy who had taken up making teddy bears as a hobby. When he learned of a British schoolboy, Jak, 7, who had been bullied and hospitalized, Campbell made a special teddy bear, took a selfie of himself with the bear, and sent it to the boy in the hospital.
It’s a fact that there are bullies out there who feel a sense of power when they group-up with other wayward kids, and like to go around looking for vulnerable prey upon which to vent their anger and frustration. But, there are also kind-hearted kids like Campbell, who look for excuses to spread kindness and compassion to children far and wide, all across the world.
Campbell’s wonderful assortment of teddy bears of all textures, colors and styles have brought smiles to the faces of hapless and harmed children all around the world, and has also raised thousands of dollars for charity. What started as a hobby has now become an initiative for the betterment of society.
The seven-year-old British boy, Jak was shoved into a metal pole and suffered a gaping wound to the head. He was then hospitalized, and had to have a morphine drip after his wound later developed an infection.
Campbell had been a victim of bullying himself last year, and had broken a bone; he was therefore able to sympathize with Jak’s situation. The Tasmanian boy took a selfie of himself with a fluffy black and white bear, which he then planned to send to Jak.
Campbell said that not everyone around was helpful when the bullying incident happened to him—it was the same in Jak’s situation
“Mum and dad, my doctors and other grown ups helped me but there were some grown ups that didn’t and they looked after the bullies instead and it kept on happening even after they broke the bone,” Campbell said.
Campbell sent another bear to an eight-year-old girl, Chloe, whose family had drowned in the floods in northern New South Wales, Australia after Cyclone Debbie hit. Such acts of kindness, bring smiles to the faces of other children around the world, and that keeps him happy and smiling too!
He has also made bears and sent them to the victims of the Paris terrorist attack in 2015.
“The bullies are really bad and the grown ups that protect them and ignore what they do is bad too but the good people are stronger and people will look after you Jak and soon the bullies won’t matter.
“Just get better Jak and stay away from them and just stay with good people. There are more good people than bad.”
After sending Jak his teddy bear, Campbell was inspired to make a new line of toys called Hero Bears, the first of which he sent to another hospitalized boy.
Campbell’s hobby has now turned into a little business, and he gets orders from all over the world. He has also started designing bears specifically for particular causes.
Although it is unfortunate what happened to Jak and all the other victims of bullying, violence, and misfortune, perhaps the silver lining is that it has inspired a kindhearted boy to find a reason to reach out to others in need. Cruelty cannot overcome the power of kindness!