Veterans Honored for their Service

On Sunday, November 11, 2018, Bears of Hope joined The Carrington at Lincolnwood, a senior living residence in Lincolnwood, Illinois, for its Veteran’s Day Concert.  The concert was open to residents and the public.The Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra performed the concert, under the direction of artistic director, Phillip Simmons.  

Veterans came to Bears of Hope’s table before and after the concert.  They represented all branches of service and served in World War 
II; the Korean War; or Vietnam. A WWII veteran told us, “I’m looking forward to going on the ‘Honor Flight’ next spring. Maybe I’ll even meet a ‘buddy I served with.”  Carrington Director of Life Enrichment, Loree Kilian, commented, “Having Bears of Hope added so much meaning to today’s event. I appreciate them being here. The bears are great!




Stuffing Party with Seniors

At the end of summer found Bears of Hope we brought us to Brookdale Senior Living, Northbrook, for our annual “Stuffing Party” with the senior residents. 30 residents came to the party. They had a good time stuffing the bears. Volunteers, Sandy S, Sandy T, Sheila, Marcia and Carolyn, assisted the seniors as needed and socialized with them.  One resident commented, “This was a good program. We were able to do something good for others instead of just sitting and listening to someone speak or watching a video. I’m glad I came. Please come back soon.”



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.