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 stuggling with serious life crises. When given a bear, their eyes light up, they smile, and reach out to to get the bear and hold 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. No two bears are made with the same fabric. They are lovingly sewn, stuffed, and hand sewn closed by volunteers. This makes each bear look slightly different and unique, just like the bear's recipient.  

The bears are donated to specific social service agencies in the metropolitan Chicago area:

* Children's Service Agencies

* Hospices

* Women's Shelters

* Skokie's Police & Fire Departments

They, in turn,  give bears to those under their care needing something to hug and hold to make their situation more 'bearable'.


       Bears of Hope Bears

 The bears are not for sale.  They are only for sick children and adults. 



Bear Makers


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


Get Involved


Volunteer or support Bears of Hope with a financial gift*.  Together, we can touch the lives of children and adults in crises situations and 'Make a Difference' in their life. We have no paid staff; we're all volunteers.  All funds are only used to for materials needed for bears.

Contact Bears of Hope to volunteer:  

bears@bearsofhope.com or 847-673-4098   


Please help us with your financial gift*.

Send YOUR check donation* 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.