What We Do


Bears of Hope is a group of people who volunteer their time to make handmade fabric bears for children and adults in crises. The bears give them comfort and hope and become their 'special friend' they can hug, hold, cuddle, and talk to whenever they feel sad, hurt, or lonely.

Our bears are not mass produced. They are lovingly made by volunteers.

No two bears are made with the same fabric. This makes each bear look slightly different and unique, just like the bear's recipient.  

We donate the bears to specific social service agencies in the metropolitan Chicago area:

* Children's Service Agencies
* Hospices
* Women's Shelters
* Veterans Hospice Program
* Skokie's Police & Fire Departments

They, in turn, give bears to those, under their care, needing emotional support to feel better.


The bears are not for sale. They are only for children and adults being served by social service agencies receiving our bears.   

Bears of Hope Bears


How We're Funded

We rely on the generosity of businesses and individuals financial* gifts to Bears of Hope. All funds received are only used to purchase materials for bears. We have no paid staff; we're all volunteers.

 Support our Cause

By supporting Bears of Hope, YOU will touch the lives of children and adults in crises and 'Make a Difference' in their life.

 To volunteer:  

bears@bearsofhope.com or 847-673-4098   

To make a financial* gift

 Send YOUR check to:

 Bears of Hope, 8331 Kostner, Skokie, IL 60076


*Donations to Bears of Hope are not deductible as charitable contributions for tax purposes; they support materials to make bears for sick children and adults.