What We Do


Bears of Hope makes 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.


The 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 15 social service agencies.  They give the bears to children and adults under their care:

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

The bears are not for sale.


Bears of Hope Bears


How We're Funded


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


 Support our Cause


By supporting Bears of Hope, YOU 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.