Since 2007, Mended Little Hearts of Chicago began our first deliveries at Children's Memorial Hospital (now Lurie Children's Hospital).
Since that time, we have grown our program to deliver care bags to FIVE Chicago area hospitals.
Through our care bag programs we let families know we care and they are not alone.
Families are connected to a caring support network and given educational materials as well as comfort items.
Over 1,000 children a year will have cardiac surgery to repair a congenital heart defect at these hospitals.
Children treated at the following hospitals will benefit from our care bags:
Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn
Advocate Children's Hospital - Park Ridge
Comer Children's Hospital
Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Rush University Medical Center Hospital
Please consider donating any of the items below, starting your own care bag drive
or making a donation to help sustain our programs.
(Click HERE to get a printable shopping list)
Your donation of any kind will help the local families
who are a part of the 40,000 new families each year
whose child will be diagnosed with
congenital heart defects, the #1 birth defect in the U.S.
Care bags cost approximately $35 to assemble.
Items Needed for Care Bags
(Please note items must be NEW for the health & safety of the child)
* Sandwich-sized Ziploc bags
* Pocket-sized Tissue packets
* Crayons - 8 count only
* Coloring books
* Crossword or suduko puzzle books
* Blank journals (approx. 5" x 7")
* Crocheted or Knitted Hats
* Lip balm
* Travel-sized hand sanitizer
* Small stuffed animals (beanie baby size)
* Travel-sized toiletries
* Individually packaged snacks
Thank you for helping local heart families!
If you would like to contribute items, organize your own drive, make a donation
or have questions regarding our Care Bag Program, please contact:
Donations can also be sent to:
Mended Little Hearts of Chicago
PO Box 78
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
**We are also currently seeking businesses to donate the needed items, if you know of any - please have them contact us. Thank you!**
Mended Little Hearts, a program of The Mended Hearts, Inc., is organized as a non-profit organization under IRS Section 501(c)(3).
All monetary donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please check with your personal tax advisor regarding the deductibility of your gift.