A Stay Strong Tote is a care package designed for moms of critically ill or seriously injured children. It is our hope to send some love and comfort to these moms who are spending their days, and sometimes their nights, in hospitals while their children are being treated. Our totes and their contents are made possible through donations and the effort of the knit and crochet community who provide the handmade shrugs.
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.
Our care packages contain a number of items including handmade shrugs to wrap our love and support around some very worried moms. (we also accept rectangular shaped shawls. See our page on Shrugs for more info).