Bears of Hope at PACE Community Day

Bears of Hope volunteers, Sandi, Jamie, and Carolyn assisted students from PACE (Professional Assistant Center for Education) in stuffing our bears. The PACE program is a special transition program at National Louis University for students, ages 18-30, with multiple learning disabilities. Saturday was PACE'S Community Day. Its purpose was to help students learn and understand the meaning of doing good deeds for others. Student Life Coordinator, Barbara Richardson, contacted Bears of Hope through and made arrangements for the students to make bears for sick and needy children.  Nine PACE students stuffed bears.


Bears Do Something Good

Skokie Police Officers accepting Bears of HopeLast fall Bears of Hope presented a craft program at Westfield Old Orchard's KidOOdles Club.  Children were given unprinted fabric pieces to design with fabric paint markers.  Bears of Hope volunteers sewed the designed pieces together to make 20 bears.  Senior residents at Seasons at Glenview Place,,  an independent living residence, stuffed the bears.  The bears were given to the Skokie Police Department on February 6th. Police Officers will keep bears in their cars to give to children suffering trauma from traffic accidents, domestic disturbances, or criminal activity.  When Sergeant Brehmer saw the bears he exclaimed, "Wow, these are great!" Officer Marzigliano concurred and added, "We're excited to get these bears.  Each one is so cute and unique.  Chidldren will be comforted by them".


Bears Camp

Bears of Hope volunteers came to "Bears Camp". They worked on getting bears ready to be delivered to clergy and social service organizations to bring to sick and needy children and adults.


Kids Design Bears of Hope for Distressed Children

On Octrober 24 Bears of Hope presented a craft program for Westfield Old Orchard's KidOOdles club. Children ages 3-16 painted designs on unprinted cotton using special fabric paint markers. Bears of Hope volunteers will make bears from the children's designs. This program gave kids a chance to feel good about helping other kids who need hugs and comfort while they were having a creative, fun-filled. experience.

These bears will be given to the Skokie Police Department.  Officers will have the bears in their car to give to children suffering trauma from traffic accidents; domestic disturbances, or criminal activities.

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