Join the Kare-N-Bear Team

Kare-n-Bear is the name of our community service ministry that provides emergency clothing and personal items to children removed from their homes by Child Protective Services. The children often leave without anything and our program helps make this traumatic situation a little better by providing a care package full of essential items (diapers, pajamas, toothbrushes, shampoo, socks, etc.) as well as a handcrafted bear and bag for each child. We provide for children, newborns through age 12. Established in 1995, our Kare-n-Bear program has made a difference in the lives of over 2500 children. Our goal is to supply 300+ kits each year.
 
 
 
 
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 How can you get involved?

 
1.  Donate $$
 

2.  Purchase Items for the Kits

Several times a year we’ll put out “the bear” in the lobby so each of us has the opportunity to take “tags” of needed items and purchase specific things for the care packages.
 

3.  In addition, there are three specific areas for volunteers:

• Prep – For non-sewers, we’ll provide the pattern and fabric and you can cut out the patterns of the bears and bags at home.
• Sewer – Using provided fabric, directions and pattern, this team sews/stuffs the bear and bags.  If you have a sewing machine, you can sew at home or during periodic sewing work days (usually after Tuesday morning Ladies Bible Class).
• Assembler – Periodically (after church) we’ll gather and assemble all the components to prep for delivery to Child Services.
For more info, contact steph@eugenechurchofchrist.org.
 

Kare-n-Bear Kits

Kare-n-Bear has clothespin “hair” stocked with tags for specific items which will be used to assemble the kits. Members of the congregation take the tags and supply the items needed.

Each Kare-n-Bear Kit contains pajamas, socks, underwear and/or diapers (with diaper rash ointment and baby wipes), comb, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, and a handsewn stuffed bear and drawstring bag, lovingly crafted by the women of the congregation.

 
 
 

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 History

Kare-n-Bear was created on September 28, 1995, when a small group met at the home of Jim and Wendy Pitt to discuss Community Service efforts. The group included three couples: Jim and Wendy Pitt, Rob and Jan Abbott, and Brian and Chris Leavitt.  As foster parents, the Leavitts mentioned that too often foster children arrive without a change of clothes or anything of their own. Consequently, Chris contacted the Children’s Services Division with the proposal and the first Kare-n-Bear Kits were soon delivered. Brother Ken McEwen and others constructed the bear which now sits in the foyer. It was repaired and given a facelift by Max and Clyda Clark in 2001. The ministry was headed up by Jerry and Juanita Kornman until 2013, and is currently overseen by their daughter, Steph Kornman.
 
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