Bears for Children

Project 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.

Each year the UTA Student Chapter of SHRM has combined with Mid-Cities Human Resource Association (MCHRA) and other local community groups to collect bears to donate to children. The collection of bears consists of 12–24 inch stuffed animals for kids and patients. MCHRA members and guests bring their donated bears to our December meeting each year.  Then on the morning of Christmas, Santa, Mrs. Claus and a few elves arrive at Dallas Methodist Hospital with bags loaded with bears to be given to the preemies, children, cancer ward, adults, and visiting children on each floor until every bear (furry friend) has been delivered. In each of the last few years, project HOPE has delivered over 1,000 bears each Christmas. It takes approximately three hours non-stop. In addition, each nurse and doctor has received a small gift of candy canes or chocolates.

We were extremely pleased with the generous outpouring of bears from the students and MCHRA members and guests to make this project a wonderful success! We hope we will have your support again this year!



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