What We Do


Bears of Hope makes handmade fabric bears for children and adults facing a difficult life challenge. The bears give them comfort, hope and are there to hug, hold, cuddle, or talk to whenever they feel sick, sad, hurt, or lonely.

Our bears are not mass produced. Each one is lovingly made by volunteers.

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


Who Gets Bears



Bears are given, at no cost, to local social service agencies located in metropolitan Chicago for children and adults under their care:

*Children with life-threatening illnesses.

*Babies born with terminal birth defects.

*Abused women and children.

*Terminally ill and dying adults, children and veterans.

*Children hurt and in-trama from fire, accidents or criminal activity.


The bears are not for sale.


Bears of Hope Bears



How We're Funded


We rely on the generosity of community-minded, caring individuals and businesses financial* gifts. All funds are only used for what's needed for bears. We have no paid staff; we're all volunteers.



Join Us!  Support our Cause



By supporting Bears of Hope, YOU touch the lives of children and adults facing painful times 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, 9655 Woods Dr #1701, Skokie, IL 60077



*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.