Bears Who Care was founded by Tad and Kari Schmitz in 2008, who were motivated to bring a charity to life by some truly memorable family members.

The books are inspired by Kari’s parents, Jon and Nancy Kron, who were dedicated and well-respected teachers with a lifelong passion for reading. Nancy, in particular, was a remedial reading teacher who spent most of her life helping children who had difficulty learning to read.

Ted Schmitz, Tad’s grandfather, was a loving and wise man, whose spirit and name is the foundation for the teddy bear. Tad and Kari’s wish is to establish a powerful connection between reading and caring, which will benefit those in a true time of need and leave a legacy for future generations.