Colliers Houston has participated in the BEARing Gifts program for numerous years. BEARing Gifts, BEAR’s largest program, provides brand-new holiday gifts to children under the care of CPS… children who otherwise may experience no holiday joy at all. Donors are able to sponsor a child or children by purchasing the gifts he/she requests, host a toy drive, donate monetarily to the program so BEAR can purchase requested toys, and/or volunteer their time at BEAR’s warehouse.
The annual toy drive successfully provide, on average, over 10,000 children in CPS custody with new holiday gifts each year. CPS caseworkers submit wish lists for children under their care. The requests are filled by foundations, corporate and family grants and gifts, and individuals.
This year Colliers Houston, sponsored 40 children (ages ranging from 1-18).
We collected donations internally to order clothes and toys at the best price. All of the kids on our list received all three wishes and additional winter clothing.
Since many children that BEAR serves have very few belongings or nothing at all, one member of our Colliers family also handmade pillow cases for each of our children. We're glad to take this opportunity to bring a little light into an otherwise very dark world for these kids.
BEAR is the only 501(c)(3) organization working with Harris County CPS and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services that offers unique programs – that provide not only the basic needs of children recently uprooted, but also supportive services that provide comfort, dignity, and celebration of successes that propel the child toward a successful future – for abused and neglected children. This partnership with the county and state is vital to BEAR’s success as an organization, allowing $0.85 of every dollar earned through fundraising efforts to go back to effectively operating four core programs. Additionally, the growing need for BEAR’s services is clearly evident by the fact that in the 25 years since inception, BEAR has grown from an annual operating budget of $7,000 to one of over $2M.
For the last 25 years, BEAR has been an important advocate for the most vulnerable population in Houston…its children. This advocacy is represented through the basic necessities provided for children in BEAR rooms year-round, the uniforms distributed each fall, the Christmas gifts wrapped and delivered each winter, and in the canvas photos of adoptable children that are displayed year-round throughout venues in Houston. BEAR is not able to operate these vital programs, however, without the generosity and support from our community.
Learn more about BEARing Gifts at http://bearesourcehouston.org/programs/bearing-gifts/