BEAR Necessities operates two main BEAR rooms in Harris County. Both provide emergency supplies all year round for children who are under the supervision of Child Protective Services (CPS). BEAR Necessities offers clothing, shoes, diapers, car seats, air mattresses and more to meet the immediate needs of children. Last year alone, BEAR provided over 14,000 children with resources through this program. BEAR’s goal is to provide comfort children during uncertain times.
Each month, BEAR Rooms provide approximately 1,000 abused and neglected children with essential items. CPS caseworkers have access to a 24 hour BEAR room with other remaining open Monday through Friday from 8AM-4:00PM and each item is at no cost to the families.
Sometimes, the difference between a child who goes to school and one who doesn’t is a pair of shoes, a notebook and pencil. Sometimes, the difference between an infant who is healthy and one who isn’t is formula, clean diapers, lotions and powders — BEAR ensures that these children will not have to go another day without things that we all take for granted.
Critically Needed Items
The following list of items applies to all genders. BEAR asks that any donated goods remain unopened and/or have never been used (or worn). We kindly thank you for your contribution!
- Hygiene Packs (which include 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner, bars of soap, individual toothbrushes and toothpaste, and deodorant – should you want to assemble your own!)
- Hair care products (lice shampoo, hair ties, and hair brush/comb)
- Baby Hygiene Packs (which include baby wash, baby lotion, baby powder, and diaper rash ointment – should you want to assemble your own!)
- Baby wipes
- Formula (all types)
- Diapers (NB – size 6)
- Baby items (pacifier, bib, receiving blanket, and ‘sippy’ cup)
- Feminine hygiene products (pads and tampons)
- Clothing of all sizes (NB – juniors)
- Pajamas of all sizes (NB – juniors)
- Socks of all sizes (NB – juniors)
- Shoes of all sizes
- Underwear of all sizes (child – adult)
- Stuffed animals
- Duffle bags/overnight bags *Children sometimes have to use trash-bags to hold their items. Together, we can make sure they have more than just a plastic bag.
- Household cleaning supplies (Lysol wipes, all-in-one cleaning solution, mops, broom & dustpan set, Fabuloso, laundry detergent, dish-soap, and paper towels)
Shop on Amazon – Make a Difference from Wherever You Are!
Are you a fan of Amazon? Find us there! We gladly accept new items from our BEAR Room Wish List year-round, and shopping there is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Please be sure to include your contact information (Name & Address) on the ‘thank you’ note, so we can properly acknowledge your donation. All items should be shipped to our warehouse location: 3572 E TC Jester Blvd., Houston TX 77018.
Donate or Host a #BEARCares Drive!
To donate the critically needed items in-kind to the BEAR Rooms (a.k.a a #BEARCares Drive) or take a tour of a room, please contact Merri Hahn at Merri.Hahn2@dfps.state.tx.us or call (713)-274-9856. If you are interested in *donating larger items like car-seats, pack & plays, air mattresses, etc. please also contact Merri.
*BEAR asks that any donated goods remain unopened and/or have never been used (or worn).
You can also help by giving much-needed funds to help BEAR stock the BEAR Rooms dispersed around Harris County. For more information on how to donate to BEAR Necessities, click here.