formerly the Stay Strong Tote foundation, our name has changed but our mission hasn't
Hugs through Shrugs is a charity project dedicated to creating a community of support for moms of critically ill hospitalized children.
Volunteers from the knit and crochet community make and donate the shrugs, wrapping the moms receiving them in love - sending good wishes their way.
Several children‘s hospitals have embraced our mission and keep our totes on hand to give to moms whose children are being admitted. Our donations are handed out to pediatric cancer moms, and moms facing long stays in NICU and PICU units. We trust the discretion of our contacts in children’s hospitals to distribute our care packages to the moms they feel need a little extra love and support.
We are also honored to be partnering with Momcology, a non-profit organization supporting families affected by pediatric cancer through peer support groups and retreats.
By tapping into the talent of the knit and crochet community, the passion of hospital staff who want to do a little extra for the moms they meet each day and the kindness of individuals who have taken the time to join our mission, we are hoping to let some very worried moms know we are thinking about them, that they matter, their children matter - and their journeys are not invisible.
Unfortunately, we can not reach every mom - but with your help we will do our best to reach as many as we can:
One tote at a time,
one shrug at a time,
one mom at a time.
Do you know a mom who is spending nights alongside her hospitalized child? Together we can send a little love her way. Send us your request with your $15 donation which helps cover shipping. Include the hospital address, child's name, room number and mom's name in the notes portion during your paypal checkout. Please note we are currently only shipping to children’s hospitals in the Unites States.
Hugs through Shrugs is registered with the federal government and recognized in the State of New Jersey as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.