How Can A Teddy Bear Ignite A Movement To Help End Gun Violence?

A Social Impact Campaign Produced By The Firestarter Nation Preview

20 years ago, 2 gunmen entered Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado and killed 13 innocent people.

Since then over 187,000 kids at 193 schools across the country have experienced the horror of a school shooting.

This is our attempt, using innovative storytelling to address the issue POWERFULLY!

The Teddy Bear Campaign is a social impact campaign to powerfully send a message that we will no longer tolerate school shootings #ENOUGH with school shootings and we are going to do something about it. Because "for every kid lost in a school shooting, there's a lonely teddy bear."

Our campaign is simple:

Watch the powerful music video "More Than I Can Bear", by performing artist and innovative storyteller Sanyika The Firestarter combines; The Power Of Music, A National Tour Mobilizing Young Leaders and An Audacious Live Activation to inspire actions that prevent teddy bears everywhere from losing their best friends. Our goal on a national level is to inspire the next generation of leaders to champion legislation (HR8 - The Teddy bear Bill) demanding that congress pass Universal Background Checks to help end gun violence. (Note: More than 90% of Americans agree on passing Universal Background Checks view why here: )

There are three phases to our campaign 

Online Awareness: We are shooting a viral video for the rallying point of our movement, a powerful spoken word anthem titled "More Than I Can Bear", which tells the story of a school shooting from the perspective of a teddy bear. The first line says it all "For every kid lost in a school shooting, there's a lonely teddy bear." (Listen To The Song Here:

The Firestarter Live National Tour - Sanyika The Firestarter will tour the country in the spirit of music, food, community and leadership. He will perform at concerts, schools, and colleges igniting the next generation of Firestarters. He’ll also speak at special events and gatherings in communities affected by gun violence to inspire the next generation of leaders to provide solutions on how we can help end gun violence. 

His ultimate goal is inspiring youth to become leaders for themselves, their communities and to become changemakers of the future. By helping these young Firestarters find the fire within, Sanyika believes they can then use that fire to light up the world.

Real World Activation: An audacious act of love where 535 Kids will each hand deliver 535 teddy bears to the US Capital, one bear for every member of the US Congress and Senate (435 Congress, 100 Senate). Our goal is to execute this in summer 2019, commemorating the 20 year anniversary of the Columbine shooting. Each bear will honor the name of a kid lost in a school shooting. 

The Big Audacious Goal:

National: The Teddy Bear Bill

By creating substantial online awareness through a powerful lead off music video for our anthem "More Than I Can Bear" our goal is to inspire legislation called “The Teddy Bear Bill” otherwise known as "HR8" which is an effort to advance Universal Background Checks and other common sense solutions around gun legislation. 

Community/Local: Solutions, Hope And Leadership

Our goal is to provide solutions and hope in communities affected by gun violence through the power of music, food, community and most importantly LEADERSHIP

As creators and storytellers, our mission is to partner with and fuel the great work of organizations advocating gun safety legislation every single day (i.e. Everytown, Moms Demand Action, The Brady Campaign, The Gifford's & Sandy Hook Promise). Alignment with these organizations mean your charitable contributions above our campaign cost would go there as well.

Who Is Producing The Campaign?

The Firestarters Nation is a team of dynamic changemakers, storytellers and creatives, led by Sanyika The Firestarter (Keynote Speaker, Performing Artist, Innovative Storyteller). This effort has been formulated by the careful curation of individuals including Eric "Helix" Wolfson (Creative Director), Steve Tobenkin (Chief Strategist), Chris Hayman (Music Director) as well as a community of powerful Firestarters.

Together, we create powerful storytelling campaigns that inspire people to take actions that make our world a better place. Our last storytelling campaign titled “Thank You For Your Service” in partnership with the US Department of Defense told the story of what it means to honor our veterans. It went viral, reaching over 2.4 million homes across all social platforms with massive praise from the veteran and non veteran communities.

What Do All Of Your Gracious Contributions Help Fund?

The Video: Shooting The Music Video For Our Viral Anthem "More Than I Can Bear"

The Website: Information, Updates, Teddy Bear Bill Petition Sign Ups

The Activation: Permits, Public Relations & Media, Equipment For The Washington DC Event on April 20th)

The People: The dedicated organizational team needed to create and execute this audacious mission.

Is this a charitable effort?

Yes, This Is A Charitable Effort. Please email Hello@FirestarterLive.Com for more info if you'd like your contribution to be tax deductible.

How Much Are Your Raising?

Our Total Fundraising Goal is $100,000+

How Do I Get Involved?

Help us take a stand NOW by:

1. Donating To The Campaign Now! 

2. Listen To The Song & Share This Campaign With Those You Love. 

3. Sign The Change.Org Petition For The Teddy Bear Bill.

4. Register at www.TeddyBearCampaign.Org for the Live Activation In DC (Exact Details To Be Confirmed)

Let's let our voices be heard by taking a stand and making sure we don't lose another kid to gun violence. Let's make sure no teddy bear, anywhere, has to lose it's best friend. #NoBearLeftBehind

Who Can I Get In Contact With The Team?

You can email us at Hello@FirestarterLive.Com

Thank You For Your Support!

I am making this donation in representing A safer place
Ogugua Anene-Maidoh
Just listened to you on the Are you being real podcast. So inspirational! Thank you for your service
Steve Soffer
BIG LOVE is a BIG Teddy Bear! I knew that!
Eric Post
You’re the man.
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
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
D a v i d L i l i e n s t e i n
Keep up the good work!
Alice Wolfson
I love this. Such good work,
Gary Mancuso $100.00
Anonymous $100.00
James Mandell
Thank you for helping end gun violence!
Richard Burke
Congrats! Proud of you!
Anonymous $10.00
Ryland Engelhart
Glad to bring you home.
Steve Weinberg $50.00
Anonymous $32.00
Rev. GPK
Great cause, Firestarter! Happy to help! GPK
Ryan Crownholm $100.00
Love you dear brother. Greg Wendt
Peter Bromley
An inspiring initiative lifted by a very inspiring man.
Anonymous $100.00
HughJohn Malanaphy $50.00
Christian Tejidor
Big hug
Harry Karidis, DGA $100.00
Ian Slade
Solid work bro! Ian Slade
Andrewc $100.00
Gary Mancuso
Hey Sanyika, Good luck!! Gary
Greg Logan
Nearly there! G x
Justin Bookey
Crucial cause, strong message. Here's to success.
Brad Giemza
Best of luck meeting your goal!! Great cause!!
Terrence & Sherise Brownlee
Keep doing what you do!
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Anonymous $100.00
Jason Sordia
My metal brother!!
Earl Apellanes
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!!
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!
Lynn B. Cooper $50.00
Gregory Markel $50.00
Brad Johnson $50.00
Ryan Thompson
Proud of you brother! Keep this going!
Mike Isseks
I’ll spread the word! Much love
Pamela Donnelly
Reaching out with support for all you do. Love, Pamela
Allan Grosvenor
Awesome cause! You're making a real difference!
David Freeman Consulting Group
Keep setting the pace ...
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Vivid Labs $100.00
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Lyndsay Morris $100.00
Corinne Butler
Big love Holly - love your work x
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Proud of you guys for making this real!
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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!
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I heard about this through Sylvia Hendershott.
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Proud to support! Vin Clancy
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Great cause! So excited for this!!
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universal background checks
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Good luck with your campaign.
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This is a gift that was encouraged by the love and passion of David Tosti.
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On behalf of my soul sister Lana Wilson✨
Lana Wilson -
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Inspired by Danielle Galland
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Phyllis Espinosa_ Sarah Schindler $50.00
Anonymous $100.00
Justin Perea
We're big suuporters of this initiative and couldn't be happier to make a contribution to the Teddy Bear Campaign!!
On behalf of Russell Breton. You are amazing!!
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Anonymous $9.00
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Leadership is unreasonable! Get after it
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Keep up the amazing work
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Danielle Galland
My personal donation
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Sarah Schindler
$100 from FB donation fund $20 of my own money
Anonymous $200.00
Thank you for doing this. I support you all so much and wish I could give more. I have also shared on my Facebook.
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Helen Rose
On behalf of Lana Wilson!
Anonymous $200.00
Krystyn Linville
Hope this helps Stacey!
Sarah Matson
Thank Danielle Galland for bringing me to the cause!
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Friend of Byron
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Laurie Cancellieri $100.00
Lukaijah $20.00
Melody Elder $20.00
Marge Runka $50.00
Donating on behalf of Lana
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LP $100.00
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xx Syl ♥️
Get it guys! Great cause! You can do thiiiiis team extreme! Out here supporting Beth Bryant & Byron
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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
Vanessa Chan
Thank you and good luck! This donation is made on behalf of my friend Byron Runka in support of his goal :)
Brad Newman
Zion Kim for president
Joseph Paulino
Keep up the great work! Be blessed and well!
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Go Rams!
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Andy, Rebekah, Enzo
Thanks Adam Hendershott.
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Alexander R Kosenko Jr
Thank you!
Anonymous $18.00
Referred by Sylvia Hendershott
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XO Sylvia Hendershott
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Such an important cause. Thank you for organizing this. xoxo
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Sylvia xo
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Thanks for telling me about this great cause, Danielle Galland!!
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Durian Songbird
From Lukijah’s friend Durian. Good luck!
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Kenny & Linda Morton
Awesome job Russell! Proud of you!
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Let’s create impactful change!
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Matthew Watters $100.00
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Sylvia and Adam Hendershott
Adam Poole
Get it Extreme Team!!!!
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Excited to see you guys reach your goal. :)
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I was invited to this cause by Bella Verita and Zion Kim; honored to donate.
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Love youuuu
I love the message, shoutout my boy Zion for sharing this page!
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On behalf of Adam Hendershott
Grace C
On behalf of Sylvia Hendershott
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Raised by ZK
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Rock on brother. Great idea!
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Love this project. So important!
CH $20.00
Tristan Klobas
This is a contribution associated with Danielle Galland
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Candice Archer $20.00
Great idea & cause, Syl!
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Sylvia Beatriz
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Beth Bryant $150.00
Ted Bryant
Good work well done
Sending love- proud of you all for leading with your hearts!
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Holly Neighbours $20.00
Danielle Galland crew
Danielle Garland! Keep up the good work!
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:)
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Via Danielle Galland
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Get it!
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Honoured to help in the cause
Elite $200.00
Shannii Da Costa
Yes amazing cause. Byron asked so I donated ❤️
Alexandra I. Mason $100.00
EO Visions
Keep killing it! Keep doing good.
Lisa Finck Certified Life Coach Institute
Great work!
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Good luck you beautiful humans
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Good luck keep up the good work
woooooo!!!!! what a beautiful cause! much love to you all !
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Mama B $50.00
Courtney Loechl
Thanks to all of you for taking the initiative to drive this change! <3
Thank you!
Emily $100.00
Joanne breton
God bless your endeavors, may he be glorified!
Judy’s Junction $50.00
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