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Bear Necessities Program

Children who come into the care of the county often times come with few or no belongings, and without warning. These children often have nothing but the clothes they were wearing when the case worker arrived. Everything that is familiar to them gets left behind. They are frightened and feeling like their lives are beyond their control.  The Bear Necessities Closet is designed to help a child in this circumstance. These children are invited to “shop” for some personal items in the Bear Necessities Closet.  


Foster families often take children on a moment’s notice.  Without supplies from Bear Necessities Closet, often these children would not have critical items such as car seats, formula, diapers, clean clothing, hygiene supplies and more. The Bear Necessities Closet, is a tremendous help to the families also, helping to alleviate some of the expense of taking in a child on short notice. 

Bear Necessities accepts NEW items for children ages 0 through 18, sizes newborn through adult. 

Some suggestions:


  • Toothbrushes & Toothpaste

  • Shampoos and Conditioners

  • Lotions and Baby Powders      

  • Baby Diapers & Wipes

  • Backpacks and Suitcases      

  • Coats and Jackets

  • Pajamas                    

  • Bed Sheet Sets (twin or crib)

  • Blankets (twin or crib)        

  • Facial Soaps and Acne Care Products

  • Coats                        

  • Shoes

  • School and Play Clothing

  • Toys

  • School supplies 

  • Hair Brushes                

  • New Car Seats (All-in-one)

  • Individual size snack items such as crackers, cookies and chips 

  • Gift Cards to Grocery Stores and Retail Centers

  • Gift Cards that can be used to purchase gas

  • Gift Cards for the Mall

  • Gift Cards for Activities such as Movies, Ice Cream, Pool Passes, Bananas Fun Park



Foster Care of Mesa County welcomes donations

from individuals, businesses, churches and other agencies. 



For more information on how to donate to the Bear Necessities Closet, call  970-248-2794 or

email Sarah St Martin at

Mesa County Dept. of Human Services

510 29 1/2 Road  Grand Junction, CO 81502-5001


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