The Stay Strong Tote foundation is a volunteer based organization. Our mission, “Sending Hugs through Shrugs” brings the creativity of the knit and crochet community together with the kindness of individuals who help fund our totes in an effort to let moms of critically ill children know that we are thinking of them. We want these moms to know they have a team of support sending good wishes their way.
We primarily deliver our Stay Strong Totes through Ronald McDonald Houses who present them to moms as they begin their stay with their children who are starting treatment in nearby hospitals. We are grateful to Ronald McDonald Houses for connecting us with the moms we serve. Upon request, we have shipped to individuals or to children’s hospitals where Child Life Specialists use their discretion knowing which mom’s need a little extra love. Unfortunately, there have been many times when we’ve shipped shrugs to moms who have recently lost their child, hoping they’ll feel some comfort in the kindness of strangers. Children should not have to battle terrible illness. They should have long, happy, healthy lives – and always outlive their parents.