The Chicago Bears and Magellan Corporation continue to brighten the spirits of deserving children through wish-granting experiences and hospital visits.
The Chicago Bears and Magellan Corporation conduct Bear Hugs hospital visits to lift the spirits of children 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 and fleece blankets, 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.
Through the wish-granting experiences, the Bears and Magellan help create special memories for young fans who request a Bears-related wish. Wish recipients are invited to Halas Hall to watch a Bears practice, visit with their favorite players, and enjoy lunch in the Bears Cafe. The Bears and Magellan Corporation provided four complimentary tickets to each child and his or her family, along with pregame sideline passes, Bears Bucks, Bears apparel and more!
Thank you to our season ticket holders who donated tickets through Bears Share during the 2014 season! The Bears Share program is completely dependent on donations from our season tickets holders. Because of their support Bears Care was able to distribute nearly 2,000 tickets to more than 35 charitable organizations throughout the Chicago area, providing deserving children and families with an opportunity to experience a Bears game at Soldier Field.
Beneficiaries of Bears Share in 2014 included: Allendale Association, Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Best Buddies Illinois, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, BUILD Chicago, By the Hand Club for Kids, Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, Gilda's Club Chicago, Honor Flight Chicago, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Lambs Farm, Lydia Home, Maryville Academy, Metropolitan Family Services, Midtown Educational Foundation, Misericordia, Pat Tillman Foundation, Recovery on Water, The Road Home, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Salvation Army, SEDOL Foundation, Special Olympics Chicago, Special Olympics Illinois, Thresholds, U.S. Navy, USO of Illinois, Veteran Tickets Foundation, Vietnam Veterans of America-Quad Cities, Wendell Phillips Academy High School, Wounded Warrior Project, Youth Guidance, and YWCA.
On behalf of the Bears and Jewel-Osco, thank you to everyone who supported the 26th Annual Chicago Bears/Jewel-Osco "Coat Drive." Because of your generosity, thousands of coats were collected that will benefit The Salvation Army and public schools throughout Chicagoland. Fans could drop off new or gently used coats at all Jewel-Osco stores throughout the Chicago area between October 20 and December 21. Thanks also to Wm. Meyers Movers and The Salvation Army for making this "Coat Drive" our most successful yet!
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.