BEARing Gifts

BEARing Gifts, BEAR’s holiday program provides brand-new holiday gifts to at-risk and CPS-involved children who may otherwise not experience the joy of the holiday season. There are FIVE different ways to get involved – sponsor a child/children, host a toy drive, donate monetarily, shop our Amazon wishlist, or volunteer. To print and share this information in a flyer format, simply click HERE!

Each year, thanks to the our Holiday Heroes, community partners, generous donors, and dedicated volunteers we are able to provide more than 19,000 children with new Christmas gifts each year.

Program Sponsors

This year’s program is possible thanks to our Holiday Heroes, who are making a tremendous impact on the children we serve through their selfless participation!

Get Involved this Holiday Season!

Donate


If you would like to donate monetarily to the overall program, simply click here or the graphic above to get started, and designate ‘BEARing Gifts’ as your program of choice. IMPORTANT: if you donate in-kind items to BEAR, please make sure to complete an In-Kind Gift Form.

 

Sponsor a Child

One way to get involved in BEARing Gifts this year is by Sponsoring a Child or Children. Children’s information is solely available to those that submit sponsorship requests. Upon submitting your digital request for one or more kiddos, you will receive an email with details of each specific child and their wish list. Please make sure to provide at least one gift from that child’s wish list or any age-appropriate gift. {If you want to give more you are welcome to do so.}

All gifts for sponsored children must be dropped off at BEAR’s HQ or at a participating location before Monday, December 12th! Learn how to properly “wrap” a gift by clicking here!

 

Shop on Amazon!

Interested in contributing to this year’s program in a different way? Consider shopping on BEAR’s personalized Amazon wishlist! When you buy from this list, items arrive directly at our office, where they will be immediately distributed in our warehouse for BEARing Gifts. Please be sure to include your name and address so we can acknowledge your donation accordingly!

*If you use Amazon Smile when shopping, please be sure to find BEAR as your charity of choice to double your impact!

 

 

Host a Toy Drive

Provide holiday cheer to children by hosting a holiday toy drive and delivering them to our BEAR HQ/ Warehouse (3572 E TC Jester Blvd, Houston, TX 77018) by Saturday, December 17th. Please keep in mind, the earlier the drop-off date the easier it is to fill children’s wishes before Christmas day.

Click HERE to register your toy drive. For ideas on popular gifts per age range please click here –> BEARing Gifts Toy Suggestions. Please remember that all gifts must be new and unwrapped. If you have any questions about hosting a toy drive, please contact Outreach and Heart Gallery Manager, Merri Hahn.
*Bikes = we prefer them to not be assembled, but we are more than happy to accept them any way we can get them!

*IMPORTANT: if you donate to BEAR, please make sure to complete an In-Kind Gift Form so we can properly thank you!

Additional Drop Off Locations & Extended Hours

Our incredible partners at KSBJ have arranged drop-off events at various Chick-fil-A locations throughout the Greater Houston area! Please visit KSBJ’s Christmas website to learn more about drop-off information or click here to see a list of locations. Also, thanks to our very generous partners at Tide Cleaners, you are welcome to drop off new toys, or even sponsored gifts at 35 convenient Greater Houston locations! Visit Tide Cleaners or check this document to see locations and hours of operation. BEAR is also proud to announce our NEWEST partner this year ~Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center! To find your nearest location, please visit the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center website by clicking here!

BEAR’s warehouse hours of operation are Monday – Friday 9 am -4 pm beginning November 28th – December 17th! Extended warehouse dates and hours are:

  • Thursday, December 1st – BEAR will be open until 6:30pm
  • Saturday, December 3rd – BEAR will be open 10am-1pm
  • Tuesday, December 6th – BEAR will be open until 6:30pm
  • Thursday, December 8th – BEAR will be open until 6:30pm
  • Saturday, December 10th – BEAR will be open 10am-3pm
  • Tuesday, December 13th – BEAR will be open until 6:30pm
  • Thursday, December 15th – BEAR will be open until 6:30pm
  • Saturday, December 17th – BEAR will be open 10am-1pm

 

Volunteer

This year, BEARing Gifts volunteer opportunities will run Monday, November 28th – Saturday, December 17th. To get started, CLICK HERE to create a volunteer account and see ALL of the off-site and on-site volunteer opportunities that YOU can be a part of! There are numerous fun-filled opportunities for individuals, families, and companies alike! Please note, all opportunities have a set number of volunteers. If you see a time slot that is filled check out another day and time to join in the fun! Thank you for helping us make the holidays a little brighter for countless children!

Please pay close attention when signing up as some opportunities are at partnering agency locations. Filling these volunteer positions are just as vital as our on-site opportunities at BEAR’s HQ. Together we are able to provide the at-risk and CPS-involved children in our community a happy holiday season!

For any questions regarding volunteer opportunities, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator,
Alexis Evans at alexis.evans@harriscountytx.gov

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

*Should excess funds be raised after this year’s program concludes, said funds will then be used to purchase vital resources as a part of our BEAR Necessities Program, which operates year-round and provides thousands of children with everyday essentials they may need while under the supervision of Child Protective Services. This is the program that serves the most children in our community (over 35,000 annually), and is the cornerstone on which BEAR was founded. We appreciate your support and understanding; if you have any questions, kindly contact us at (713)-274-9850.