Bears for Children
HOPE, headed by two outstanding people from the Dallas/Arlington area
began a program almost 30 years ago to help sick and homeless children. A
very charming couple dressed up as Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and then passed
out a few stuffed bears at a local hospital. They did this simply to
teach their children a lesson. While doing so, they witnessed a miracle.
Every year since, they have devoted their Christmas to creating more
miracles. Over the last two and a half decades, their efforts, support
and impact have continued to grow. They’ve developed a following of
elves, and have expanded their reach to all areas and floors of the
Dallas Methodist Hospital, a nursing home, and the Turner Community
Center in Oak Cliff (where about 1,500 homeless men, women, and children
receive a meal on Christmas day). Last year they handed out over 1,300
stuffed bears (and other furry critters) at these locations. As their
number of needs continues to grow each year they seek help from other
elves to meet their ever increasing needs of gifts and give a ways.