Bringing Smiles to Cleft Children Everywhere

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Hot off the Press!

Featuring Monte's Bears for Clefts Bracelets!! $5 each, and that will cover the cost of shipping. Email us at, and get 'em while you can!

More Than Thank you...

I received this letter from a fellow cleft mom thanking us for sending her daughter a cleft bear. This is so beautiful, I had to share. I happened to have a picture from our Facebook page Chelsee's mom had shared :)

If you didn't notice by the address you sent Chelsee's bear to, I am military. Chelsee's first of many procedures (pulling a natal tooth that had rot) today and like I thought would happen, the bear provided me more comfort than you could imagine. I was sent to the waiting room full of other active duty members squeezing this tiny little bear. A few chuckles from across the room as I assume they thought it was mine out of fear of getting my own teeth pulled or worked on. After a few minutes a younger guy says to me "don't you think it's a little inappropriate to have a stuffed toy in uniform". I simply looked at him in disgust. Seconds later they bring Chelsee into the waiting room, still wiping the blood from her mouth and nose. A waiting room FULL of active duty military members, not a single dry eye. A few apologies followed. 
It sounds crazy but just looking at that little bear while I couldn't look at her, brought me so much comfort! Silly perhaps but you do not know how much that little bear means to us! Thank you again! Her surgery is in a few short weeks, I'm sure I will be thanking you a hundred times over at that time too!
Hilaree L. Straka

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Open For Business!

We now have a shop!
It's in the baby steps, but we have some great products available!
Perfect gifts for Christmas!!!
We will have toddler t-shirts, onesies, iPhone covers, coffee mugs, adult t-shirts, and a tote bag to start with! We want your input! Please leave a comment or email us with other items you would like to see in The Shop!

Effective immediately, we will be donating $1 of every $10 contributed by our sponsor's to Smile Train! All proceeds after that will be used to buy and send bears to cleft children undergoing surgery! AND for every 10 Bears we are able to send out to families, we will give one to a local hospital here in NM and AZ, or to Smile Train! Your sponsorship is everything to us, it's the only way we are able to send out bears to families. Please contact Megan at to become a sponsor! Thank you for your support!

We have had a very busy and exciting week! We have a new logo! We opened The Shop! We are now donating to Smile Train. And we are preparing for our next 2 giveaways! Monte’s Bears For Clefts is a FAMILY ran organization and we would like to take a minute to thanks those who have helped make it possible! We would like to thank Eva Ajeman Barron (Megan’s Mom and Whitney’s Aunt) who hand sews our bears with love and care. Brian Leslie & Stephanie Ajeman Leslie with Simple Symbols for providing our awesome logo. And I (Whitney) would like to thank Megan for giving me the opportunity to be a part of her wonderful organization!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Pictures of Monte's Bears & Other Pals

I am working on utilizing a flickr account to create a photo tab here on the blog. For now I wanted to post a few pictures of animals that have been sent out.


We are very excited to launch our Blog for Monte's Bears For Clefts! We hope that this will be an effective way to journal the happenings of our project and of course to reach even more deserving children! Please follow our blog by submitting your email in the "Follow Us" section on the bottom of this page and sign up as a google blog follower if you have a compatible account.

FYI, Megan and I are working together to maintain order between the Blog and the Facebook page, so please contact us accordingly. If you have any pictures that you would like to add to the blog with the pal your child has received, please let us know!

Spread the word by posting the link to the Facebook page and Blog on your Facebook page and/or mass email to your friends and family!