Acts of Kindness
Young boy sneaks mom’s sewing machine to make cutest creations for sick children
Campbell has really grabbed my heart with his kindness. Kids like him don't come along every day. Neither do his creations.
D.G. Sciortino
11.22.21

When Campbell Remess of Tasmania, Australia was just 9-years-old, he spent his free time helping entertain others who were going through a tough time instead of playing video games.

It all started when Campbell asked his parents if they could buy presents for sick children in hospitals.

His parents explained that they couldn’t afford to buy all those toys for other children.

So, Campbell decided to make them.

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Project 365 - Facebook

He became a teddy bear maker.

He donated his faux fur creations to sick children all over the world.

Campbell, who taught himself to sew, started a charity called Project 365 by Campbell, which donates bears and sells them to raise money for charity.

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Project 365 - Facebook

Campbell, who goes by the nickname Bumble, is now 16-years-old and still thinks that teddy bears are cool.

His handcrafted bears have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity.

Campbell, whose acclaim has caught the attention of celebrities like Olivia Newton-John, spent the pandemic building up a stockpile of bears to distribute once the pandemic was over.

Now, he’s teaching kindness.

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Project 365 Facebook

Campbell originally decided to make bears during the pandemic to give as thank you presents once the pandemic was over but then changed his mind.

Not only did he want to do something nice for others but he wanted to show others how to do the same.

“I thought it’s a good idea to get kids involved in something over the lockdown and quarantine period,” Campbell said. “I find it pretty fun, so hopefully they do too.”

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Project 365 - Facebook

He hosted bear-building workshops.

Campbell started hosting live-streaming teddy bear building workshops for kids so they could follow in his footsteps.

“His idea was sending them to all the emergency services that are looking after people when this is done,” his mother, Sonya Whittaker said. “And then he said, he might film himself for others to watch. It’s really lovely and it’s nice just to be back in the old world of ‘let’s just make a bear’.”

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Project 365 - Facebook

Project 365 by Campbell takes requests for bears and sells them on eBay.

Proceeds go to charity.

People also donate material to Campbell so he can make his bears.

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Project 365 - Facebook

“Lots of people have donated fur and ribbons and lots of stuff,” he told ABC News.

Not your average Teddy bear.

Each bear is given a name before it is sent off to make a child happy.

And his teddies aren’t just your ordinary-looking bear. These bears are incredibly unique and all look different with long and short fur.

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Project 365 - Facebook

He makes them faster now.

Campbell has gotten a lot faster with his teddy bear-making skills. It used to take him about six hours to make just one bear when he first started.

Now, it takes about an hour for Campbell to make a teddy bear with fur, fabric, and his sewing machine.

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Project 365 - Facebook

“I’m still making them because I love it,” Campbell said. “Every bear that I make, I give it away and then I get the [positive] reaction back, so that’s what’s motivating me to still do it.”

Learn more of Campbell’s kindness in the heartwarming video below!

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By D.G. Sciortino
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D.G. is a contributing writer in Shareably. She's based in Connecticut and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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