Child Life Requests

Cape Ivy is a nonprofit in VA that provides warm IV-friendly ponchos to chronically ill children who have leads and ports. Robes, sweaters and jackets don’t work with the lines. Meg Smith, one of the co-founders of Cape Ivy, came up with the poncho solution when her son, Gavin, was 6. Cape Ivy is managed, promoted and sustained by volunteers – no one receives a salary and there are no paid consultants.

Ponchos are provided free to you through the generous donations of our friends, sponsors and grants. The cost to manufacture and deliver ponchos to a hospital is $10/poncho. Any donation to Cape Ivy helps us provide more ponchos to your hospital. Perhaps you have a donor, a hospital foundation or hospital auxiliary that would be willing to help with the cost?


The ponchos come in 3 sizes (toddler/child/teen) and in a variety of fun prints.


They are best for children with chronic illness who frequent hospitals often or for long stays. We have learned from Child Life Specialists that the ponchos are most useful for the patients being treated in hematology/oncology units and outpatient infusion centers. But any child who needs comforting or warmth may be given a poncho.

Packaging Option

Ponchos are shipped in the vacuum-sealed bags as we receive them from our manufacturer. There are a very few homemade ponchos, which are typically not included in boxes. If your hospital does not allow homemade items, please indicate that. Most hospitals prefer the original manufacturer’s packaging. A box contains 15-18 ponchos.

Request Form

Only the hospital name and an email address is required. Any other information you provide is appreciated and will reduce follow-up email.

We like to be able to address you by name when we send you email.
Please provide a contact email so we can contact you if we have questions or need to share information about your shipment
Hospitals are big! We receive requests from new units or new Child Life Specialists, even from hospitals where we have donated. We love having many contacts because when a CCLS leaves, we often lose a way to reach the Child Life department. If you are curious if we have donated to your hospital, the list is provided under the IMPACT tab, listed by state. We can let you know who our current contact is.
Please include department/floor/room and any other information so that the boxes will reach Child Life!
Most of our ponchos are manufactured. Meg sews some ponchos. These are washed and sealed in a bag. Are homemade items allowed in your hospital?
If selecting the 3rd option, please let us know in the box below when you would like the 2nd box shipped.
Please share specific requests or comments.
We would love to know how you found us! Please provide additional information below, if relevant.
Let us know how we can help you, what questions you still have, or any additional notes on how you found Cape Ivy.