Child Life Requests

Cape Ivy is a nonprofit in VA that provides warm medical 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.

Ponchos are provided free to you through the generous donations of our friends, sponsors and grants. Cape Ivy is managed, promoted and sustained soley by volunteers.


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.

Packaging Option

Ponchos are shipped in the vacuum-sealed bags as we receive them from our manufacturer. If you would like the ponchos opened and washed and repackaged, we can do that upon request. Most hospitals prefer the original manufacturer’s packaging. A box contains 14-16 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.

Please provide a contact email so we can contact you if we have questions or need to share information about your shipment
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?
Please note if you would like multiple boxes and the estimated time when the 2nd box should be automatically shipped if you would like them shipped separately.
Please share specific requests or comments.
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