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.