Bear Hugs was created to lift the spirits of children in hospitals throughout Chicagoland with the help of Bears mascot Staley Da Bear. Through Bear Hugs, Staley and members of the Bears organization visit various children's hospitals each month to deliver teddy bears, spend time with patients and their families, and spreads cheer throughout the medical facilities.
The Bears have visited the following hospitals as part of the program: Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital, Advocate Lutheran General Children’s Hospital, Children's Memorial Hospital (now Lurie Children’s Hospital), Comer Children’s Hospital, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospital of Loyola, and Shriners Hospital for Children.
The Bears Share ticket donation program has been in effect since 1993, benefitting numerous local charities. Tickets can now be donated online through MY BEARS SEASON TICKET ACCOUNT. Simply log in to your personal account and select "Manage My Tickets." Select the ticket(s) you wish to donate and select "Donate To Charity." The tickets will automatically be forwarded to Bears Care, the team's charitable beneficiary, at BearsCare.Share@bears.nfl.net for distribution to area not-for-profit organizations. The original ticket(s) become invalid. Donations must occur four (4) business days prior to the game to allow for distribution. Donors will receive an email acknowledgement which should be retained for tax purposes.
Tickets can also be mailed to the following address:
1920 Football Drive
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Tickets must arrive via mail to the Bears Care office at least four days prior to the game. Please include your name, mailing address and email address with the tickets.
The Bears have once again teamed up with Jewel-Osco, The Salvation Army and Wm. Meyers Movers for the 25th Annual Chicago Bears/Jewel-Osco "Coat Drive." New and gently used coats can be donated at all Jewel-Osco locations throughout Chicagoland from October 1 through December 15. A store locator is available at www.JewelOsco.com. Thousands of coats will be collected this year as part of the 25th Annual Chicago Bears/Jewel-Osco "Coat Drive" benefiting The Salvation Army and public schools in the Chicagoland area.
The Chicago Bears, Bears Care and United Airlines partner annually to present the "Making Holiday Wishes Come True" party at Soldier Field. More than 500 children and families from various non-profit organizations attend each year, where they enjoy lunch, participate in a variety of activities, and mingle with the Bears Rookie Class. Bears staff, coaches, players and United Airlines employees grant the holiday wishes of the children and families in attendance by purchasing gifts from their "wish lists."
Each year, the Chicago Bears give new meaning to the word "teamwork." The entire organization – including players, coaches, executives and staff – join together for two large-scale, hands-on volunteer activities. Paws for a Cause addresses the need to support deserving children and families through direct volunteer efforts. This program encourages everyone to take time out of their busy schedules to actively make a difference in the lives of people who are most in need.
Each year, the Bears Rookie Class participates as a group in four hands-on volunteer activities as part of the Bears "Rookie Rally" program. This program was created by the Bears Community Relations department to involve the team's first-year players, as a group, in charitable activities throughout the season. The "Rookie Rally" program helps the rookies learn more about their new community, serve several worthwhile charitable organizations in the area, and bond together through volunteerism.
Past "Rookie Rally" events have included coaching kids at the Chicago Bears Youth Football Camps, leading kids through fitness activities as part of the Bears/United Way Hometown Huddle, visiting with families and the Bears/United annual Holiday Party, and much more.
The Chicago Bears consistently work with several organizations throughout the state of Illinois to help grant the wishes of critically ill children and adults. Wish recipients are invited to Halas Hall to watch a Bears practice, visit with their favorite players, and enjoy lunch in the team dining room. They also receive complimentary tickets to a Bears game and pre-game field passes to watch player warm-ups from the sidelines at Soldier Field.