Bears Show Appreciation

 On Friday, July 8, founder, Carolyn Reiner, went to the Skokie Public Library to see Director, Carolyn Anthony.  Anthony was retiring after 31 years as the library's Director. To thank Anthony, the Bears made her a special bear to show our appreciation for the support she gave the Bears. When presented the bear, she said, "This is so special. Oh, look! Books are printed on the fabric".  

The library provides the Bears with boxes to pack our bears in for delivery to our social service agencies for their patients/clients.  

Anthony will be missed.  Reiner wished Anthony lots of happiness and good health as she beings a new journey in life.



Bears Receive Award

Rainbow’s Hospice & Palliative Care awarded Bears of Hope it’s 2016 Above and Beyond Award for excellence in volunteer services.  Along with the award came a note from Karen Huber, Rainbow’s coordinator of volunteer services.  She wrote:

Thank you so much for always thinking of us and donating your beautiful huggable bears. You and your volunteers are so deserving of this ‘Above and Beyond’ award.  Bears of Hope is one remarkable organization.

Carolyn Reiner said, “I feel humbled Bears of Hope was given this award. We are grateful our bears have been putting smiles on the patients faces at Rainbow.”

Rainbow Hospice & Palliative Care has been receiving bears since 2008.In 2014, Rainbow became part of the VA’s Hospice Care for terminally ill and dying veterans.  Rainbow now receives both patriotic-themed bears for the veterans as well as bears for their patients.


Bears Volunteers Honored

Bears of Hope’s annual Bears Camp & Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon was held on April 2 at McCormick & Schmick’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant, Westfield Old Orchard.

At Bears Camp, volunteers sewed and stuffed bears and got them ready to be delivered to local social service agencies receiving bears for those they serve. The agencies repeatedly tell us how meaningful the bears are to their patients and clients. 

Before lunch, fitness expert, Sharan Tash, told the group the importance of staying fit to keep healthy and strong. She then put the volunteers though a series of stretching and relaxing exercises. Tash is the owner of Tash Fitness ( She provides personal, semi-personal and group training and lots more.

After lunch, Reiner reviewed the Bears last year’s accomplishments. We made over 250 bears for sick children and adults and 66 patriotic-themed bears for veterans to thank them for their service to our nation.  

Reiner thanked the volunteers for being part of Bears of Hope and gave each one a “Volunteer Appreciation Award”.  

McCormick & Schmick’s General Manager, Aaron Torricelli, was also thanked for providing the room and lunch. Torricelli said,  “McCormick & Schmick’s is proud to do what it can for Bears of Hope. What they do is amazing!”


CPAs Help Bears of Hope

On February29, 2016, CPAs at Michael Silver & Company took time off to  help Bears of Hope make bears. The CPAs traced the bear pattern on fabric, stuffed bears and cut out material tags. Founder, Carolyn Reiner, thanked the CPAs for what they did for Bears of Hope.  

Bears volunteers will complete the bears.  The bears will be given to children and adults in crises.  


Students Do A Good Deed

Parkview School 8th grade students wanted to do something for us. We came to the school, located in Morton Grove, Illinois, the day before their holiday break. The students were excited and enjoyed completing the bears. They also wrote letters to go with the bears. Bears volunteers, Sandy and Carolyn, assisted the students.  Carolyn replied, “It was a joy being with the students. They did a great job. We thank them for helping us."

The students finished 24 bears. We sent these bears to the Womens Shelter's who receive our bears.  They give them to the children who come to the shelter with their mothers.