What We Do


Bears of Hope is an all volunteer organization based in Skokie, IL.  

We make handmade fabric bears to bring hope, lift spirits and give comfort to children and adults in crises. When given a bear, their eyes light up, they smile, and reach out to hug it. The bear becomes their special friend they can hug, hold, cuddle, and talk to whenever they feel sad, hurt, or lonely.

The bears are not mass produced. They are lovingly made by our 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.


       Bears of Hope Bears

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


Bear Makers


Bears of Hope volunteers make the bears. Most work is done at volunteers' homes and at their convenience. 


Support our Cause


Handmade bears for children and adults in crises. 


Volunteer or become a Bears of Hope benefactor.  

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

Contact Bears of Hope to volunteer:  

bears@bearsofhope.com or 847-673-4098   


Help us continue our work with YOUR financial gift*. All funds are only used for materials needed for bears.  We have no paid staffwe're all volunteers.  

 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.