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.

Cincinnati Children’s

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 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