Hugs Across America Inc. is a nondenominational, not for profit charitable organization providing teddy bears, curricular materials, and messages of care to lessen the fear and anxiety experienced by children in crisis. “Hugs” has created a national network of regional response centers, or chapters, thoughout the country. Each chapter is responsible to its local area with “teddies at the ready” responding to circumstances of pesonal tragedy, as well as natural or national disasters.