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Meg’s Story

As a parent of a child who spent years in and out of hospitals before he lost his 12 year battle to a rare form of CVID (Common Variable Immune Deficiency), I know how difficult it can be for patients to stay warm while hooked up to IV and PICC lines. Robes, sweaters and jackets don’t work with the lines. I came up with a solution when my son, Gavin was 6. I created fun fleece poncho capes for him to slip over his head. He was cozy in bed and no more cold walks down hospital corridors. LEARN MORE

In Gavin’s honor, I have started Cape Ivy to provide as many capes as possible to children who courageously fight for their health in and out of hospitals. – MEG

With the help of my friend Cindy, we are giving away as many capes as possible to “frequent flier” children in hospitals. Watch Our Donations page for our progress.

If you know a child or adult in need, please consider purchasing a cape as a gift. All purchases support our mission. If you don’t have a need for a cape, you can provide capes with a donation to Cape Ivy

COVID-19 Message

Thank you for visiting our website. While we have halted our in-person deliveries to most children’s hospitals and family stay houses, we are here for you. If you are a Child Life Specialist or House Manager/Executive Director of a home and wish to have ponchos mailed to you, please contact us. .

Our Mission

The mission of Cape Ivy is to provide warmth, comfort and support to children who have chronic or critical illnesses and their families. Cape Ivy provides fleece ponchos to children in the hospital because robes, sweaters and jackets don’t work well with IV lines and other medical equipment. Cape Ivy is a resource for families experiencing long-term hospitalization of children.

Our Vision

We aim to become a resource for families of children undergoing medical treatment. In addition to providing ponchos, our blog is evolving to be provide information for families. We are establishing relationships with Child Life Specialists who work in children’s hospitals and with houses that support the families of these children, such as Ronald McDonald House and other similar houses and foundations that support these children and their families.

We Need YOU!

Cape Ivy is managed, promoted and sustained by volunteers and the support of the volunteer Board of Directors. We are looking for more volunteers! Due to the pandemic, volunteers will support Cape Ivy remotely. If you would like to volunteer, please contact us. Here are some ways you might help us: bookkeeper (approximately 1 hour per week), website help (as needed) and guest bloggers. If you live in the Great Falls or Charlottesville areas of Virginia and would like to help us, we may have opportunities for you.

We are always looking for help with fundraising. Here are some ideas:

  • Collect money with a group (examples: book club, Bible Study, neighborhood, friends) for a targeted donation of ponchos to a local children’s hospital or Ronald McDonald house.
  • Create a Facebook fundraiser to celebrate an event or birthday.
  • Sponsor a matching donation program, by specifying an amount that will be used to match other donations.
  • Name Cape Ivy in lieu of gifts for a party or other event.

We would like corporate or private partners who are willing to help us with distribution during the pandemic. This might be airlines, delivery services, or financial support for shipping.

Some of our Favorite Animal Print Capes!