BEAR…BE A Resource for CPS Kids is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that provides hope and help for abused and neglected children and the caseworkers who protect them within Harris County.
Hey everyone, I’m back! Yay! And I’ve missed this. I have to say that I’m disappointed in myself for the lack of volunteering and posting I’ve done in the last 3 months, but I’m ready to pick up where I’ve left off. There were some things I had to resolve and I’m feeling like myself again now. This post won’t necessarily be a volunteer spotlight (ok maybe a little), but rather an idea to maybe inspire you this holiday season!
Last year, I hosted my first Annual BEAR a Gift Party. It was a lot of fun and so worth all of the prepping and time spent on getting everything ready. Everyone loves a good themed party, so I figured this would be a great opportunity to do some good while we’re at it!
The point of the party was to provide toys for kids that may not otherwise get anything. My dad’s work with at-risk juveniles has always been inspiring to me, which is largely why I chose BEAR as the organization I wanted to contribute to. The toys were donated to youth in the CPS system; which includes approximately 17,000 children in Harris County alone. These are kids that have seen it all — and being provided with a new toy that is 100% their own gives them a sense of hope and comfort. Anybody could come to my party, but in order to get in, you’d have to bring one unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more. The turnout was pretty good and some people went above and beyond and brought more than one toy! One of my favorite parts of the night was listening to people explain why they picked the toy that they did.
These aren’t the best pictures (who knew 11 months ago that I would be posting this on my future blog lol), but hopefully it gives you some ideas if you’d like to host a “toy drive party” of your own. I made special holiday themed drinks, snacks, and had a backdrop for photo ops!
Overall, we ended up with around 40 toys to donate. How awesome is that! I can’t wait to host my second Annual BEAR a Gift Party this year and I hope to surpass the number of toys we collected last year! If you’d like to come, purchase a toy to bring and mark your calendars for December 10th!
Side note, I’ll also be volunteering on Thanksgiving Day with Operation Turkey as a driver, so if you’d like to help out an awesome cause and get some Thanksgiving meals out to the homeless in Houston, sign up here! If I don’t see you there, then I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! We truly have a lot to be thankful for. 🙂
*To report a suspected case of child abuse, call the Texas Abuse Hotline at (800) 252-5400. The hotline is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reports can also be made here.