From the comfort of your own home volunteer to make an Easy Meal Care Bag to support a family with a sick child.
COVID-19 challenges everyone's daily lives, including the lives of families who have a child with a critical illness. By volunteering you help provide families with the care they need as they try to cope with their child's medical crisis during this pandemic.
Easy Meal Care Bags are delivered to families who are spending long days at the hospital. They contain a variety of easy-to-heat food, cereal, snacks and drinks. These are welcomed by parents because they want to stay at their child's bedside. Having immediate access to food means they can avoid going to the cafeteria/vending machines; they don't miss doctors making hospital rounds; and they can spend more time with their child.
Choose to make 1 Easy Meal Care Bag or 5, 10 or more. Every week we receive requests from families for these bags.
What about COVID-19? Please wear gloves and a mask while making the bag(s). Every bag we receive is quarantined before it is delivered to a family.
Include others in your experience! Invite family members, friends, coworkers, students or faith community members to participate with you, virtually or in socially-distanced small groups.
Ready to shop and put together your Easy Meal Care Bags? Suggested items to include are:
2 x 12fl oz Gatorade/sports drinks.
2 x 6.75fl oz boxes of shelf-stable milk.
2 x 10+ oz pull-open top cans of chunky soups with protein.
2 x 2oz single-serving microwavable mac & cheese bowls.
2 single-serving oatmeal bowls or cereal boxes.
2 single-size bags of salty snacks/chips.
4 energy bars/granola bars.
2 x 2+ oz packs of cookies.
2 small packs of applesauce, fruit squeeze or fruit cups.
1 pack of lifesavers or gum
Estimated cost per bag: $12 to $17.
Place the items in a brown paper grocery bag. Personalize your gift (optional):
Add a handwritten, decorated tag/card that includes your first name, your city and one of the following sentiments: "Thinking of you."; "Sending you care." or "Love and hugs." To be sensitive to the wide range of family situations and experiences, please do not write "Get Well" or "Have a good day" or "Be Brave" or include any religious or culturally-specific words or pictures. Thank you!
Decorate the brown paper grocery bag. Please, no words, stickers or glitter. Release your creativity using markers, paper, origami, paint and other craft items. From a child's scribble to an elaborate design... we welcome all levels of decoration.
Ready to share your bag(s)? In-person, contactless drop-off available at:
Option 1: There With Care (main office), 2682 Middlefield Road, Suite H, Redwood City, CA 94063. Monday through Friday, anytime between 9:00am and 2:00pm. No appointment required. Option 2: SOMAcentral, 450 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA 94107. (Satellite office). Wednesdays between 2:00pm and 4:30pm. Please call/text on 650 509 0391 before arriving at this location. Mail-in/delivery address: There With Care (main office), 2682 Middlefield Road, Suite H, Redwood City, CA 94063
Please contact us with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you/seeing you soon! Thank you!
2682 Middlefield Rd, Ste H, Redwood City, CA 94063, SOMAcentral, 450 Townsend, San Francisco, CA 94107, 2 locations: Redwood City + San Francisco, CA , US
The mission of There With Care is to provide a wide range of meaningful and fundamental services to children and families during the critical phase of a medical crisis. We serve families referred by medical agencies, by building a network of services and people who ease the burden of life's day-to-day obligations with compassion and care.
The Bay Area Chapter was created in 2011, seven years after the founding chapter opened in Colorado. There With Care receives referrals from medical social workers at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Mission Bay, San Francisco. When a family receives a medical diagnosis of critical illness for their child, There With Care connects with the family and engages community members as volunteers to help ease the stress of their day-to-day life activities.
The support provided is individualized to each family, and can include: * Deliveries of groceries and prepared meals. * Transportation to/from hospitals, medical appointments/treatments; and other locations; and gasoline cost assistance. * Providing new baby clothing; books; toys; car seats; strollers, pack-and-plays and other essential items for families leaving the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit. * Housecleaning; laundry service; lawn care; pet care during hospital admission; industrial home cleaning for immune compromised children, and home modifications for disability access. * Professional services: accounting; legal; and translation services; alternative therapies; family or individual counseling; art therapy; haircuts; massage, etc. * Providing babysitting, mentoring and tutoring for patients and siblings.
We welcome you to become part of the network of care and support that surrounds families, so they can focus on what's most important: their children. Thank you!
Children & Youth
Health & Medicine
We'll work with your schedule.
This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.
October 5, 2020
Up to 1 hour for the first bag, and 15 - 20 minutes for each additional bag.