Bears Care was started last year by parents Steve and Kristen Harding after they noticed a significant number of children who attended Roswell North Elementary School lacked basic necessities that any child would need to feel prepared to learn each day.
“We started Bears Care because we believe all children have a right to grow up happy with food in their bellies and a good place to sleep,” Kristen Harding said in a news release. “Children shouldn’t have to deal with adult problems, so we wanted to help eliminate their stresses so they can get back to being kids.”
The organization provides students in need with food, clothing, bedding, housing support, technology, transportation, tutoring and more. In just one year, Bears Care raised more than $7,000, all from single-family private donations and the annual dads-versus-teachers football game.
This year’s game will be Friday at 6 p.m. at the school at 10525 Woodstock Road in Roswell. Admission is donation of one canned food, clothing or school supply item per person. The organization is particularly looking for canned fruit or vegetables, new backpacks or marble notebooks, and new winter jackets for elementary-school aged kids.
Bears Care will also run the game’s concessions, where all proceeds go to the organization.
“I don’t know any other school with a program like Bears Care, and it’s made a huge difference at our school in just one year,” Principal Kindra Smith said in a news release. “Our kids are happier, healthier, and we now have a network of parents in place that help one another through hard times. They, in return, pay that generosity back by helping out around the school and volunteering. That’s what makes this program so special.”
The Bears Care network is actively seeking help from other parents and members of the community to help more children. To donate money, goods or time, email firstname.lastname@example.org.