BEARing Gifts

BEARing Gifts provides holiday gifts to children under the care of CPS who otherwise would have no holiday cheer at all. Donors are able to sponsor a child, make a donation and/or volunteer at the BEARing Gifts warehouse. BEAR was able to secure gifts for more than 11,000 children in 2016.

Donate

You can help through sponsoring a specific child or children, organizing a holiday gift drive, and by giving funds to help BEAR purchase holiday gifts. If you would like to sponsor a child, please call us at (713) 295-2756, or send us an email at tina.holmes@dfps.state.tx.us. If you would like to donate monetarily to the overall program, simply click the ‘DONATE TODAY’ button at the bottom of the page to get started. IMPORTANT: if you donate to BEAR, please make sure to complete an in-kind form (available at the bottom of this page).

Host a Toy Drive

Provide holiday cheer to several children by hosting a general holiday toy drive and delivering them to the BEAR warehouse by the due date. Please contact Michelle Searles at michelle.searles@dfps.state.tx.us to coordinate your toy drive today! IMPORTANT: if you donate to BEAR, please make sure to complete an in-kind form (available at the bottom of this page).

Below are some ideas for gifts per age range

  • Infant/Toddler: Puzzles, Board Books, Building Blocks, Stuffed Animals, Blankets, Trucks, Musical Instruments for Toddler, Riding Toys, Push Toys, Baby Dolls (All Ethnicities) or Stuffed Animals, Clothes
  • Children Ages 3-6: Baby Dolls, Dolls or Barbie (All Ethnicities), Puzzles, Books, Developmental Board Games (Counting Games), Arts and Crafts Sets, Race Tracks, Legos, Dress Up Clothes, Children’s Videos, Bikes, Clothes.
  • Children Ages 7-12: Board Games, Books, Purses and Wallets, Art Sets, Boom Boxes, Sports Equipment, Barbie Dolls (All Ethnicities), Arts and Crafts Sets, Journals, Model Car Kits, Clothes, Bikes, Jewelry, Tablets
  • Teens Ages 13-18: Books, Journals, Bath and Body Gifts, Make Up Sets, Sports Equipment, Purses and Wallets, Jewelry and Watches, Art Supply Kits, Gift Cards to Wal-Mart or Target, MP3 Players, Tablets

Volunteer

BEARing Gifts needs volunteers during the month of December each year. Click here for a list of any current volunteer opportunities and information on how to volunteer. This is a great opportunity for individuals, families and organizations to get involved!

Thanks again for helping make a child’s holiday wish come true!

In-Kind Form available here.

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