Bears Reach Out to Turning Point Clients

On June 5, Bear volunteers, Carolyn & Eileen brought bear-making materials to Turning Point Behavior Care Center. Therapist Liz McNair thought doing something good for others would benefit her small client group. Carolyn & Eileen demonstrated what the group would be doing for Bears of Hope. They left bears to trace & stuff; and material tags to cut out. The group finished everything by the end of July. When Liz dropped off the finished materials she said, “Working on the bears certainly showed my clients how good it feels to do something for others in need.” Bears Founder, Carolyn, added, “ We were glad to reach out to Turning Point clients to help us.” 


Good Deeds Done By Teen-agers

   At the end  of April, the Fashion Group from Niles North High School, finished sewing 30 Bears of Hope bears. The students were learning how to sew on a sewing machine.  Their faculty leader, Julie Lear, wanted the them to have practice sewing curves. Our bears were perfect. Julie contacted us and we gave them bears to sew. When the bears were sewn,  Andrea Davis, Special Ed Work-Study Teacher, made arrangements for her students to stuff the bears. At the end of the school year in May, Bears of Hope received the bears. Bears founder, Carolyn Reiner replied, "The students did an excellent job sewing and stuffing the bears. We were happy to have them make the bears".  Both Julie & Andrea said, "The students were excited sewing and stuffing  bears and felt good they were doing something to comfort sick children and adults".


A Caring Gift

Teresa, who lives in Arkansas, heard what the bears do for sick children and adults and wanted to do something for Bears of Hope.  She contacted her online fabric shop,Fabric Candy Shoppe, and asked them to pick out fabric and send it to Bears of Hope. We received the fabric this weekend. It will make many huggable bears.  We sincerely thank Teresa for her thoughful caring way of helping Bears of Hope spread hugs and bring comfort and hope to individuals facing a difficult time in their life.


2017 Celebrating 10 Years Comforting Sick Children and Adults With Bears to Hug

Bears of Hope is celebrating its 10th year making bears to comfort and bring hope to sick children and adults.  We reached this milestone with the help of our volunteeers and financial supporters. We appreciate and thank them for everything they did for us.  

When I started Bears of Hope, I wanted to do something to benefit others going through challenging times like I did when I had a relaspe of non-Hoskins lymphoma. I know first-hand how difficult life can be at times and how something soft to cuddle can help you feel better. I had my bear with me and it brought me comfort whenever I felt sick, upset or lonely. I thought a bear would comfort someone sick like my bear did for me.

  Carolyn turned her idea into reality!

A total of 2,050 bears are now being loved by those needing emotional support to feel better. The volunteers, supporters and I feel we're doing something good and "‘Making a Difference’  in the lives of those with difficult life crises.

Our work goes on. With our volunteers and supporters unwavering commitment to Bears of Hope, bears will be there for the sick children and adults needing 'extra hugs' to feel better.


2000th Bears of Hope



 Introducing Bears of Hope's 2000th bear.  We knew sometime this year, we'd reach our 2000th bear.  AND it happened at our November 19 Drop-in. Bears volunteers were putting on finishing touches when they reached number 2000. Everyone was excited.  What a milestone!