Ronald McDonald House 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 Ronald McDonald Houses through the generous support of our donors, sponsors and grants. Cape Ivy is managed, promoted and sustained by volunteers.

Durham, Sept 2019


The ponchos come in 3 sizes and in a variety of fun prints.

  • toddler
  • child (approximately ages 5-12)
  • teen


They are best for children with chronic illness who frequent hospitals often or for long stays. The ponchos are most useful for the patients in hematology/oncology units, in which case a parent staying with you can take a poncho to the hospital for their child. The ponchos also work well for your patient residents who are traveling to and from the hospital daily or for those who are in isolation at the house following a transplant.

Packaging Options

  • Ponchos in the original individual bags vacuum sealed by our manufacturer – shipped in boxes of approximately 15-16.
  • Ponchos prewashed in “free and clear” detergent, resealed in individual bags – shipped in boxes of 10.
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!
Due to COVID restrictions, some hospitals prefer the original packaging from our manufacturer.
Please share specific requests or comments.
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Additional notes on how you found Cape Ivy or other comments or questions you have.

Children at these Ronald McDonald Houses have received ponchos! We would love to reach more houses. Please share this page with your colleagues in other Houses.

Charlottesville, VANorthern Virginia – FairfaxRichmond, VA
Philadelphia, PAPittsburgh, PAHershey, PA
Durham, NCGreenville, SCCharleston, SC
Atlanta at Egleston, GAAtlanta at Scottish Rite, GAAugusta, GA
Wilmington, DEMiami, FLColumbus, OH
Dayton, OHCincinnati, OHAkron, OH
Baltimore, MDLouisville, KYMorgantown, WV
Long Branch, NJNew Brunswick, NYNew Haven, CT
Boston Harbor, MASpringfield, MAProvidence, RI