Orchard Park, N.Y., September 15, 2020 – Curbell Plastics, Inc., one of the nation’s top suppliers of plastic sheet, rod, tube, tapes, and fabricated parts, made a recent donation to a “beary” charitable cause. Curbell O&P recently shipped over a dozen rolls of heavy transfer paper with child-friendly patterns to The Higgy Bears Foundation, the charitable division of Higgy Bears.
Lauren Higginson, founder of Higgy Bears, reached out to Curbell Plastics inquiring if Curbell O&P would be interested in donating transfer paper to this new nonprofit division of her company. She would cover all shipping costs, and could even take sheets as small as 8.5 inch by 11 inch. Those were unusually small dimensions as transfer paper is most often used for AFO’s, KAFO’s, and TLSO’s. Due to the amount of material it takes to wrap those braces, transfer paper is typically sold in rolls 39 inches wide and in lengths up to 30 feet long. But Higginson wasn’t using the transfer paper for people; it would be used for teddy bears.
A scoliosis patient herself, Higginson was diagnosed at the age of thirteen and deemed permanently disabled before the age of thirty, and she longed to help others with scoliosis not feel so alone with their diagnosis. She especially didn’t want children to feel as lonely as she did while they experience the challenges of living with scoliosis. She founded Higgy Bears to give children a companion who also had an orthosis, and has since created over five thousand braces for dolls and stuffed animals to match a child’s brace. The commercial success of Higgy Bears has enabled Higginson to expand her business into the charity she hoped it to be.
The Higgy Bears Foundation works with leading brace manufacturers to donate a Braced Higgy Bear to scoliosis patients receiving their first brace. “My dream for Higgy Bears was to be able to donate a Higgy Bear to each child when they receive their first scoliosis brace.” Higginson wrote, “Here's your brace, here's your Higgy Bear. That way, from the moment they put their brace on, they will have a little friend going through the exact same thing they are, just in bear form!”
The general request was forwarded to Curbell O&P Business Manager Kyle Terras. Intrigued, he contacted Ms. Higginson to learn more. “After speaking with Lauren and learning about her plans for this philanthropic endeavor,” Terras said, “Curbell O&P was more than happy to help with her request.”
Terras chose a few rolls of heavy transfer paper with child-friendly patterns that Curbell O&P could donate. Curbell’s heavy transfer paper performs better than standard transfer paper and is much less likely to wrinkle, tear, or have pattern disruptions during the application process. Terras emailed the pattern images to Higginson and asked which she liked best and in what lengths she would need. Surprised at the offer of so many patterns, she responded she would gratefully take them all and in whatever amount he could spare. A couple days later, Terras replied that he pulled two rolls of thirty-foot heavy transfer paper in each pattern—eighteen rolls in total—and was ready to ship them to her preferred address. Terras even told Higginson not to worry about the shipping.
“Curbell has a history of donating materials to causes that align with our values,” Terras said, “and we will continue to give back all we can. We take great pride on being able to not only help these causes, but provide them with materials that will deliver the best results. Curbell is a company that values integrity and respect, Higgy Bears’ mission to give a child who receives their first brace a companion with a matching brace was an especially good fit for us. We look forward to a continued partnership between our organizations.”
About Curbell Plastics, Inc.
Curbell Plastics grew into one of the nation’s top plastic materials suppliers by investing for the long term and focusing foremost on the needs of its customers — a strategy that has set the company apart since its founding in 1942.
Curbell supplies performance plastics — durable and lightweight materials that minimize energy consumption and add value to countless commercial and industrial applications — to thousands of businesses, entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies. The company also offers plastic film, adhesives, sealants, tapes, prototyping and tooling materials, and fabricated plastic parts. Its innovative services include a nationwide team of material experts to help customers solve engineering and application challenges.
Curbell Plastics, a privately held subsidiary of Curbell, Inc., has 21 locations nationwide and is based in Orchard Park, New York. It has ISO 9001 certification for eight of its locations and its corporate headquarters, and it maintains ITAR and EAR compliance company-wide.