October 2020 – A few drop-offs in Virginia

Meg delivered ponchos to INOVA Children’s Hospital in Fairfax, VA and Cindy dropped off ponchos at UVA Children’s Hospital. The Child Life staff love receiving our ponchos for their patients.

July 2020 – Shipments Only

The only traveling we’ve been doing is driving to the UPS store to drop off boxes! Cape Ivy is shipping ponchos to the hospitals we visited last September. This includes hospitals in GA, NC and SC. Each hospital has received 2 boxes with a total of 20 ponchos. We also sent ponchos to Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, TN, our 1st donation to this hospital.

June 24, 2020 – UVA Children’s Hospital

Cape Ivy delivered ponchos to UVA Children’s Hospital, meeting the Child Life Team outside, all while wearing masks. The sculptures around the children’s hospital are wearing masks, visible behind Cindy.

June 2020 – Shipping to Hospitals

Due to hospitals limiting visits, we are shipping boxes of our ponchos. When our ponchos arrived at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia, we received a note from the PICU Child Life Team:

I wanted to extend our sincerest appreciation for the amazing capes and masks you sent to our sweet friends last month. They are AMAZING!
I put the masks out accessible to the RN staff who hand selected them to pair with children who needed them. They were especially comforting for children who take multiple road trips throughout the hospital and need to wear a mask, but don’t like the medical ones. They were so popular, we officially ran out last week!
The capes have also been a huge hit! Just last week, I was working with a child who has a new chronic diagnosis and in the same breath that he was saying he was cold, he also shared that he did not like the hospital gown (but knew he couldn’t wear a normal shirt at the time). It felt amazing to have just the right thing for him in that moment. I ran out of the room and returned with the Spiderman cape and the patient got so excited! It couldn’t have been more perfect!

March 2020 Donations in Virginia

Monday, March 9

We delivered ponchos to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington DC at the Fairfax location. Today’s donation was thanks to individual donors. 

Friday, March 6

Our second donation to the Child Life program at UVA Children’s Hospital

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charlottesville

February 2020 trip to Baltimore, Delaware, New Jersey and Philadelphia

Friday, February 7

Ronald McDonald House in Wilmington.

When we arrived the staff and residents were on a tornado alert and were sheltered-in-place in the basement. We were standing at the door, ringing the bell, and then saw a sign on the inner door telling residents to report to the basement. We got back in the SUV and hoped we were safe.

Neumours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington

Thursday, February 6

Ronald McDonald House in Long Branch, NJ

Each room is decorated differently. This room was designed and decorated by the Long Branch Fire Department!

K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center

This is where Cindy was born and volunteered as a teen.

Ronald McDonald House in New Brunswick, NJ

Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, Hackensack

Wednesday, February 5 – Philadelphia

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

This is the hospital where Gavin received his liver transplant. One of his nurses came out to meet us. Unfortunately we only did a quick curb drop-off.

Ronald McDonald House, Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the 1st Ronald McDonald House location. The mansion seen in the photos was donated and has detailed architectural elements. Now the family and activity rooms are built up around the house. The house is now used only for offices, but Meg and her family stayed in the rooms in the mansion several nights.

Gift of Life Family House, Philadelphia

Tuesday, February 4 – Baltimore

Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

This is our 2nd visit to Hopkins, one of hospitals Gavin stayed long term. Our very first donation was to Hopkins Children’s Center.

Believe in Tomorrow Family House in Baltimore

We stopped by the Believe in Tomorrow Family House, a place Meg lived for many months.

Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore

December 2019 Donations in Fairfax, VA

We donated ponchos to the children who receive infusions at the Pediatric Specialists of Virginia (PSV) Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

We also delivered more ponchos to the Child Life team at INOVA Children’s Hospital.

October 2019 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 2019 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 hospital. 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, 2019, 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.