Two area youths are 'Huggable Heroes' semifinalists

April 26, 2012

Two area youths have been named semifinalists in the 2012 search for Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes.

Cavan McIntyre-Brewer, 10, of Jefferson, Md., and Evan Frank, 11, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., were recognized in the national community service recognition program.

Cavan and Evan are among 80 youths being recognized for helping make their community a better place.

Cavan founded Socks for Vets, an organization working to provide supplies, appreciation and advocacy for veterans and wounded warriors. He has devoted about 90 hours per month, collected more than 150,000 supplies to help 15,000 service members, and recruited more than 4,000 people to assist with the cause.

Cavan works with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation to support events at the Wall in Washington, D.C., and he carries out large-scale wreath-laying ceremonies on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Evan started L1FE, a movement to empower youth. One of his projects helped provide clean water in South Africa by raising $18,000 to build three wells.

Evan has given up birthday and Christmas presents, baked brownies and held auctions to raise funds. Through motivational speaking, he has encouraged other youths to use their talents to help others and showed how they can make a difference.

Ten Huggable Heroes will be selected. Each will receive $10,000, including a $7,500 educational scholarship and $2,500 from the Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation to be donated to the 501(c)(3) charity or Canadian cause of the their choice.

In addition, the youths will receive a trip for themselves and one parent, or legal guardian, where they will be celebrated for their work, participate in a professional photo shoot and take part in a community-service project.

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