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 2017.

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 (832)-530-0831 send us an email at michelle.searles@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 in-kind items 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

  • NB-12 Months: Nursery Toys, Teething Toys, Interactive Learning Toys (musical, counting, spelling, speech), Ride-On Toys, Sit-To-Stand Walkers, Activity Blankets, Soft Building Blocks
  • Toddlers: Interactive Learning Toys, Toy Trucks/Cars, Action Figures/Dolls (and accessories), Costume/Dress Up Items, Sports Equipment (all types), Board Games, Puzzles, Bikes, Scooters, Handheld Games, Building Blocks/Legos, Stuffed Animals, Play Food/Dishes
  • Children *up to 12 years old: Action Figures/Dolls, Bikes, Scooters, Sports Equipment (all types), Tween Make-Up Sets, Arts and Crafts Kits, Science/Discovery Kits, Board Games, Puzzles, Legos, Electronic Hand-Held Games, Portable DVD Players, Remote Control Cars/Helicopters
  • Teenagers: Tablets, MP3 Players/iPods, Wireless Headphones, Portable DVD Players, Digital Cameras, Make-Up/Beauty Kits, Nail Polish Kits, Bath & Body Sets, Jewelry Items (all genders), Bikes, Skateboards, Cologne/Perfume Sets, Purses or Backpacks, Wallets

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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