Entries by Carolyn Reiner (111)


Bears of Hope Offered Volunteer Opportunity for Students

High School District 219 was looking for summer volunteer opportunities for students. We sent a notice to the high school what we needed. Five students joined our team. The following teen-agers helped us:  

Julie Abelson             Crystalin Chau

Amani Laliwala            Valantia Sarolas

Samantha Toy

Bears Founder, Carolyn Reiner, said, “We appreciated everything they did for us and we were glad to have their help. We invited them to come back next summer. ” Lisa Edelson, District 219 Education To Careers Coordinator, replied, “Bears of Hope does amazing things for those in need and has been such a positive volunteering opportunity for our students.  


Shore Koenig Training Center Help Bears

Seyl Adeolu, program manager at Shore Koenig Training Center, Morton Grove, wanted to find something  their learning challenged adults could do for others in need.  She called us and, of course, we had things they could do for us: iron-on facial features; cut out material tags; and put a loop through the tags.. Seyl and several adults from the Center picked up materials in July.  At the end of August, they had completed the work. Carolyn, said, “The adults did an excellent job and we look forward to them helping us again in a few months.”



Act of Kindness

Last week, Bears founder, Carolyn Reiner, was at Joann Fabrics.  When Calrolyn started picking out fabric, a woman asked what she was making. Carolyn told her the fabric was for teddy bears for sick children and adults. The woman asked more questions about the bears.   After Carolyn had her fabric cut, the woman came back and gave her a financial gift to pay for the bears fabrics (see picture below). She said, "I like what you are doing for others".  Bears of Hope thanks the woman for her kindness and caring for what we do to bring comfort and hope to children and adults facing difficult times in their lives.


Bears of Hope Gets Helping Hand

 A group of employees from the College of American Pathologists (CAP)were looking for a non-profit   organization to volunteer their service. An employee and a Bear volunteer recommended Bears of Hope. After telling them about Bears of Hope,  the group agreed they wanted Bears of Hope to be their volunteer project. The group’s leader, arranged for the event at CAP headquarters in Northfield, Illinois.

In March, Bears volunteers, Carolyn and Sandy T, brought a variety of tasks for the employees to do Bears founder, Carolyn, thanked the employees and told them how their efforts will give bears to sick children and adults who need something soft to cuddle and help them feel better. CAP gives its employees time to do charitable work and listed Bears of Hope on its recommended organizations for volunteer opportunities.

 Bears of Hope does community outreach events. These events, like the one for CAP, show the community how the Bears of Hope ‘Make a Difference’ in the lives of children and adults facing a challenging life experience.


We Make For Good

Bears of Hope uses Fairfield Processing Poly-fil to stuff its bears.  Since 2009, the Bears have been participating in Fairfield's We Make For Good program. It's all about people making handmade crafts, quilts and more, which are donated to people in need.

Fairfield’s marketing department gave Bears of Hope's contact information to Jane Monzures, a local TV and radio personality on WGN.  Monzures was asked to put together a video about Fairfield’s We Make for Good program and wanted Bears of Hope to be included.

Carolyn was surprised when Monzures called and wanted to interview her for Fairfield’s video. On December 5, 2017, Monzures and videographer, Cameron Downing, came to Bears of Hope’s headquarters. Carolyn was interviewed and three Bears volunteers, Joannie Purvin, Yvonne Sloan & Sandy Taylor were taped working on bears.

The video, We Make For Good will be on in 2018.