"…all those little things…you can’t process or imagine needing them at first, but later, when you digest it all, you realize how helpful that bag was.
Through our signature program, Bags of Love, we aim to meet the needs of every newly diagnosed child as soon as they and their family reach the hospital. At diagnosis, children are immediately sent to the hospital to begin lengthy treatment procedures. Often, parents don’t even have time to grab a toothbrush, let alone their child’s favorite thing to comfort them. A canvas tote filled with day-to-day necessities, comfort items, and vital resources helps to ease the transition and let each child and family know that they are not alone. Items may include a hand-made blanket, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitizer, phone charger, a child’s toy, a journal and pen, and our resource directory The Purple Pages, which provides pre-vetted resource information to families.
If you did not receive your Bag of Love upon admission, please ask your nurse or Child Life Specialist to bring you one or call us at 203-663-6893.