October trip to Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia
We made 10 stops at hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses in 8 cities over 4 days.
Thursday, October 24
UMPC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburg
Ronald McDonald House of Pittsburgh
WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital
Wednesday, October 23
Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital
Akron Children’s Hospital
Ronald McDonald House of Akron
Tuesday, October 22
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Miami Valley Region (Dayton)
We had a lot of media coverage in Dayton and we didn’t get as many of our own photos. We will upload more shortly.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio (Columbus)
This Ronald McDonald House is currently the largest, with 137 guest rooms. The house has a vibrant feel.
Monday, October 21
Kentucky Children’s Hospital (Lexington)
The 1st stop on our 2nd driving tour was at Kentucky’s Children’s Hospital.
While at Cincinnati Children’s Meg was able to see the doctor who was instrumental in figuring out Gavin’s complicated diagnosis. We donated 24 ponchos to the Child Life Program.
September Southern Tour
We visited 10 hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses in 5 cities. We donated 200 ponchos.
Friday, September 13
Ronald McDonald House (Durham)
We met some of the staff at the Ronald McDonald House of Durham, including Chris, Sally and Nancy, and the Executive Director Oie. They are doing wonderful work in Durham serving 55 families each night. Chris is the manager of the Family Room at Duke (in the hospital), where respite is provided to families while they are in the hospital.
Duke’s Children’s Health Center (Durham)
We delivered 24 bright ponchos to the Duke Children’s Health Center, one of the largest on our southern tour.
WakeMed Children’s (Raleigh)
We visited many children on the pediatric floor, where they selected their poncho from our wagon. We learned that Brittany, the Child Life Specialist, came from INOVA in Fairfax. We asked if she knew Ryan, the Child Life Specialist we met at INOVA. It is fun to start making connections with the CCLS (Certified Child Life Specialists) at different hospitals. They are an asset to the hospitals.
Thursday, September 12
Children’s Hospital of Georgia (Augusta)
We visited with Stephanie at Children’s Hospital of GA. 2 TV stations met us in the lobby.
Wednesday, September 11
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston
While waiting in the lobby, we saw a boy coming into the hospital in a wheel chair. His mom thought we had a wagonful of blankets. We showed her that we had ponchos and his eyes lit up. We let him select a poncho from our wagon. It is wonderful to see a smile on the children’s faces.
Ronald McDonald House Charities – Atlanta – at Egleston
This Ronald McDonald House has 55 rooms, including 11 apartments for bone marrow transplant patients and their families, where the patient is in isolation for up to 100 days.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite
Tuesday, September 10
Prisma Health Children’s Hospital (Greenville)
We visited with patients and toured the children’s hospitals. We loved the little 8 year old who twirled around in her poncho. She picked the purple unicorn poncho. A blanket on her bed was also purple – with unicorns!
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas (Greenville)
The local media met us at the Ronald McDonald House. We had a nice tour of the House, which has 24 rooms.
Wednesday, July 10, Children’s National, Washington DC
We donated 22 capes to Children’s National Volunteer Services. They were excited about our ponchos. Volunteer Services will give the ponchos to the Child Life Specialists for distribution.
Wednesday June 26, 2019 UVA Children’s Hospital
Cape Ivy donated 28 capes to UVA Children’s Hospital including a few unique prints in orange and blue for UVA fans.
Monday, June 24, 2019 INOVA Children’s Hospital
On the Pediatric floor waiting to visit a patient. A few kids picked capes from our wagon. The media from 2 DC TV stations waited with us.
June 12, 2019 Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
CapeIvy.com launches its mission with the 1st donation of ponchos to the Child Life specialist at John’s Hopkins Children’s Center.
In an effort to keep our overhead costs to a minimum, so that we can provide as many ponchos as possible, we welcome help. We would appreciate gift certificates to restaurants or hotels (or flights eventually). Do you have extra ‘mileage’ on your reward programs that you can convert to gift certificates? Contact us with any suggestions.
We are planning a trip from DE to NJ.
Hospitals and Facilities we hope to visit:
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Gift of Life Transplant House, Philadelphia
Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, Hackensack
Ronald McDonald House in Long Branch, NJ
Neumours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington
Ronald McDonald House, Philadelphia
The Bristol Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital, New Brunswick