Carebags


Would you like to help us out?

Mended Little Hearts of Charlottesville needs you!  We are a local chapter of a nationwide non-profit organization that provides hope, help and healing to families who have children with congenital heart defects and disease. Mended Little Hearts was founded in 2004 and is a program of The Mended Hearts, Inc. The Mended Hearts, Inc. has been helping people with adult onset heart disease for over 50 years, however MLH of Charlottesville is still in its infancy and needs the help of our community.

One of the ways that Mended Little Hearts supports families is through care bags that are given out to families when their child is in the hospital. Many newborns are emergency transported to UVa Children’s Hospital and are unprepared for their stay away from home. Parents of these children typically have no advance notice that they will need to go to a hospital out-of-town and they don’t have anything other than the clothes they are wearing and the items in their pockets and purses. Mended Little Hearts tries to provide some items that will help them by giving them care bags when they are admitted. We need donations of travel-sized toiletry items and other items such as:

♥ shampoo
♥ conditioner
♥ tissues
♥ deodorant
♥ body wash
♥ journals and pens
♥ tooth brushes
♥ hand sanitizer
♥ disposable cameras
♥ AA batteries
♥ gas cards
♥ snacks like granola bars
♥ puzzle books
♥ small stuffed animals for siblings or patient
♥ heart pillows
♥ chapstick
♥ activity books and crayons for siblings
♥ travel sized laundry detergent & dryer sheets
♥ breath mints or chewing gum
♥ playing cards
♥ antacids
♥ ear plugs

These care bags help to ease the emotional and financial burden on these families at a time when they are not near their immediate support system that would normally help them through this situation. There is incredible comfort and healing for these families in just knowing someone cares and they are not alone. Many families live several hours away and live at the hospital or Ronald McDonald house nearby, it is nice for them to have travel sized items and comfort items to help them adjust and settle into a strange place during a hard time.

If you would like to donate any of these items, please contact us at CharlottesvilleVA@mendedlittlehearts.org. Your donation are tax-deductible and it can help give families hope.

Thank you so much!