BEAR Bags

A BEAR Bag is a duffle bag, backpack, or diaper bag filled with comfort items and essentials intended to help ease the transition for children who are entering the custody of (CPS) Child Protective Services. BEAR Bags are distributed directly to kiddos in CPS all over the Greater Houston Area. With the help of community partners we have been providing these special bags for children since 1997.

Please browse our supply lists below to see the items needed to construct a NEW BEAR Bag.

*Please remember ALL donated items must be brand new, never used with tags still on and all of the items in the bag should be for the same age/size/gender of the child indicated on the list.

Age NB-18 months

  • 1 gender neutral diaper bag/backpack large enough to contain the following items:
  • 1-2 receiving blankets
  • 1 set of pacifiers
  • 1 bottle set
  • 1 pack of diapers (Size NB or Size 1)
  • 1 pack of baby wipes
  • teething ring
  • small toy/stuffed animal

Age 3-6 months

  • 1 gender neutral diaper bag/backpack large enough to contain the following items:
  • 1-2 receiving blankets
  • 1 set of pacifiers
  • 1 bottle set
  • 1 pack of diapers (Size 2 or Size 3)
  • 1 pack of baby wipes
  • teething ring
  • small toy/stuffed animal

Age 6-12 months

  • 1 gender neutral diaper bag/backpack large enough to contain the following items:
  • 1-2 receiving blankets
  • 1 set of pacifiers
  • 1 bottle set
  • 1 pack of diapers (Size 2 or Size 3)
  • 1 pack of baby wipes
  • teething ring
  • small toy/stuffed animal

Age 1 year old ~GIRL

  • 1 girls diaper bag or child’s backpack containing:
  • 1 blanket
  • 1 set of pacifiers
  • 1 sippy cup
  • 1 pack of diapers (Size 3 or Size 4)
  • 1 pack of baby wipes
  • 1-2 bedtime or picture books
  • small toy/soft stuffed animal

Age 1 year old ~BOY

  • 1 boys diaper bag or child’s backpack containing:
  • 1 blanket
  • 1 set of pacifiers
  • 1 sippy cup
  • 1 pack of diapers (Size 3 or Size 4)
  • 1 pack of baby wipes
  • 1-2 bedtime or picture books
  • small toy/soft stuffed animal

Age 2 year old ~GIRL

  • 1 girls small backpack/duffle bag containing:
  • 1 blanket
  • 1 sippy cup
  • 1 pack of baby wipes
  • 1 pack 2T pull-ups
  • 1-2 bedtime or picture books
  • small toy/soft stuffed animal

Age 2 year old ~BOY

  • 1 boys small backpack/duffle bag containing:
  • 1 blanket
  • 1 sippy cup
  • 1 pack of baby wipes
  • 1 pack 2T pull-ups
  • 1-2 bedtime or picture books
  • small toy/soft stuffed animal

Age 3 year old ~GIRL

  • 1 girls backpack/duffle bag containing:
  • 1 blanket
  • 1 pack of baby wipes
  • 1 pack 3T pull-ups
  • 1-2 bedtime or picture books
  • small toy/soft stuffed animal
  • 1 hairbrush with barrettes or hair ties

Age 3 year old ~BOY

  • 1 boys backpack/duffle bag containing:
  • 1 blanket
  • 1 pack of baby wipes
  • 1 pack 3T pull-ups
  • 1-2 bedtime or picture books
  • small toy/soft stuffed animal
  • 1 hairbrush or comb

Age 4 year old ~GIRL

  • 1 girls backpack/duffle bag containing:
  • 1 blanket
  • 1 pack of baby wipes
  • 1 pack 4T pull-ups
  • 1-2 bedtime or picture books
  • small toy/soft stuffed animal/coloring book & colors
  • 1 hairbrush with barrettes or hair ties
  • 1 flashlight or nightlight

Age 4 year old ~BOY

  • 1 boys backpack/duffle bag containing:
  • 1 blanket
  • 1 pack of baby wipes
  • 1 pack 4T pull-ups
  • 1-2 bedtime or picture books
  • small toy/soft stuffed animal/coloring book & colors
  • 1 hairbrush or comb
  • 1 flashlight or nightlight

Age 5 to 12 year old ~GIRL

  • 1 girls backpack/duffle bag containing:
  • 1 blanket
  • 1-2 age-appropriate books
  • small toy or soft stuffed animal
  • coloring book & colors or activity set or travel size game
  • 1 hairbrush with barrettes or hair ties
  • 1 flashlight

Age 5 to 12 year old ~BOY

  • 1 boys backpack/duffle bag containing:
  • 1 blanket
  • 1-age appropriate books
  • small toy or soft stuffed animal
  • coloring book & colors or activity set or travel size game
  • 1 hairbrush or comb
  • 1 flashlight

Age 13 to 17 year old ~GIRL

  • 1 girls backpack/duffle bag containing:
  • 1 blanket
  • 1-2 age appropriate chapter books
  • Age appropriate toy (necklace/bracelet making kit, activity set, drawing set, MadLibs, sketch pad, craft kit, travel size game, cards, etc.)
  • soft stuffed animal
  • 1 hairbrush with hair ties
  • 1 flashlight

Age 13 to 17 year old ~BOY

  • 1 boys backpack/duffle bag containing:
  • 1 blanket
  • 1-2 age appropriate chapter books
  • age appropriate toy (Legos, watch, basketball/football, MadLibs, sketch pad, travel size game, cards, etc.)
  • soft stuffed animal
  • 1 hairbrush or comb
  • 1 flashlight


CLICK HERE FOR AN AMAZON WISHLIST THAT INCLUDES ALL OF OUR MOST NEEDED ITEMS.

You can mail or drop off BEAR Bags and most-needed items at:

BEAR
3572 East TC Jester Blvd.
Houston, TX 77018

Current Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8am – 4pm

For assistance with drop-offs, scheduling a tour of our facility, or to inquire about speaker engagements contact Merri Hahn at Merri.Hahn2@dfps.state.tx.us or call (713)-274-9856.