Requests for Ponchos – Ronald McDonald Houses (and similar)

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 support of our friends, 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 prewashed in “Free and Clear” detergent, sealed individually – shipped in boxes of 10
  • Ponchos in the original individual vacuum-sealed plastic bags from the manufacturer – shipped in boxes of approximately 15. Some hospitals have recently switched to this packaging to meet hospital guidelines for infection control. One disadvantage is that we can’t check for flaws, loose pockets, long threads.
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Due to COVID restrictions, some hospitals prefer the original packaging from our manufacturer.
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