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Operation: Teddy Bear
The Biggest Grass-root Christmas Campaign for Making Children’s Dreams Come True

Association “Operation Teddy Bear” manages the largest Christmas campaign in Bulgaria for making unprivileged children and youth’s dreams come true. Twelve years ago, we started as a civic volunteer initiative, giving presents to 40 children from a single foster home. Today we are a public-benefit association that not only brings Christmas back to 8,000 beneficiaries, but also helps unprivileged talented young people to develop their skills and gives them a chance for a professional realization trough our mentoring program “The Hidden Talents of Bulgaria”.

Thanks to more than 20,000 contributors annually and our team of 250 volunteers across the country, for the last 11 years, 65 000 personal NEW gifts, which meet the exact wishes of children and youth deprived of parental care, from socially disadvantaged families, and disabled children or children at risk. 4 years ago we started operating at national level and since then we have been visiting nearly 10 000 children and youth from 400+ social services in the country per year.

20 000
Sponsors yearly
10 000
Beneficients yearly
250
Volunteers
65 000
New gifts
150
Cities
Good deeds

In order to make their lives a little more comfortable throughout the whole year, the campaign also provides food, clothing, different materials, school and home supplies, home appliances, specialized equipment, and other necessities to the homes of the children and youth we visit. For the last several years we have been including in the list of beneficiaries adults with mental disabilities for they have the soul of a child.

If you want to donate for the future of these talented children and youth or to find out more about each of them, click HERE.
We believe in youth

Our team believes that WE, THE SOCIETY, must engage actively and continuously into supporting the development and realization of these children and youth, as they are tomorrow’s leaders and heralds of the changes that we long to see in Bulgaria. The year-round mentoring program “The Hidden Talents of Bulgaria” gives them the real chance to achieve a bright and dignified future.

OUR TEAM

Mihaela Stoykova
Founder
Executive Director

Dona Cherneva
Technical Secretary
National Coordinator

Diana Vangelova
Association Co-founder
NLP-Kinesiology Specialist

Galina Dicheva
Psychologist
Psychodrama-assistant
Psychodrama trainer

Stanila Ivanova
Marketing, Merchandise and Event Manager

Stela Zhelyazkova
Graphic Designer

Boriana Damianova
Graphic Designer

Dilyan Lubomirov
Web Master

Mihaela Mihaylova
Accountant

Christmas Campaign Volunteer Regional Coordinators

Denitsa Simeonova
Donor Communication Coordinator

Slavina Georgieva
Blagoevgrad Regional Coordinator

Yana Chalakova
Burgas Regional Coordinator

Daniela Dimitrova
Varna Regional Coordinator

Tanya Trifonova
Veliko Tarnovo Regional Coordinator

Maria Raykova
Vidin Regional Coordinator

Svetlana Borisova
Vratsa Regional Coordinator

Stanislava Spasova
Gabrovo Regional Coordinator

Veronica Chalakova
Dobrich Regional Coordinator

Ralitsa Miteva
Kardzhali Regional Coordinator

Darina Stoycheva
Dupnitsa City Coordinator

Stefany Bozhkova
Kjustendil Regional Coordinator

Maria Kisiova
Lovech Regional Coordinator

Paolina Makaveeva
Lom City Coordinator

Lilia Angelova
Montana Regional Coordinator

Yordanka Shaterova
Pazardzhik Regional Coordinator

Maria Ivanova
Pernik Regional Coordinator

Tsveti Ivanova
Pleven Regional Coordinator

Monika Vasileva-Hristova
Plovdiv Regional Coordinator

Teodora Ivanova
Razgrad Regional Coordinator

Polina Hristova
Ruse Regional Coordinator

Militsa Maksimova
Silistra Regional Coordinator

Ivelina Staneva
Sliven Regional Coordinator

Kamelia Mihailova
Smolian Regional Coordinator

Maria Noncheva
Sofia City Coordinator

Magdalena Petkova
Sofia Region Coordinator

Radina Georgieva
Stara Zagora Regional Coordinator

Tsvetelina Mireva
Targovishte Regional Coordinator

Zlatka Toleva
Haskovo Regional Coordinator

Borislava Borisova
Shumen Regional Coordinator

Maria Stoyanova
Yambol Regional Coordinator

Tsvetelina & Ivan Martignion
Kaspichan City Coordinators

Desislava Kordova-Dimitrova
Svilengrad City Coordinator