Hospital Outreach

Be someone's sunshine

on a rainy day

The Sweet Julia Grace Foundation’s Hospital Outreach Program brings SUNSHINE On a Rainy Day to children and families in a hospital setting. SJGF provides parents and caregivers with care packages, comfort items and gift cards; and children with gifts that bring joy and fun. 

how you can help

collect and assemble parent care packages

SJGF Care Packages deliver SUNSHINE on a Rainy Day to parents whose children have been admitted either unexpectedly or due to a serious medical crisis or illness. These care packages are geared towards parents and caregivers whose children are inpatient at INOVA Children’s Hospital in Fairfax, Children’s Hospital in DC, or The Children’s Inn at NIH in MD.

How You Can Help:

Host A Party with a Purpose with your friends, family, club, church, or group. Collect recommended items & pack Parent Care Packages with your group OR collect the items and pack the care packages yourself. 

donate needed items

Can’t host a packing party? No problem! You can also donate individual items to be added to our Parent Care Packages. 

How You Can Help:

Donate Items through our Amazon Wish List or SHOP for similar items on the Wish List and contact SJGF to DROP them off. 

donate panera gift cards

Julia Grace spent months at a time in the Pediatric ICU (PICU) at Inova Children’s Hospital in Fairfax. The only restaurant at Inova, other than the cafeteria, is Panera Bread. SJGF provides the PICU team at INOVA with Panera gift cards that can be freely given to parents who are most likely weary, worried, and pretty tired of parent trays. During difficult times, the simplest of gestures often mean the most. We hope this small gift brings some sunshine to their day and a smile to their face.

How You Can Help:

Donate Panera Gift Cards, Host a Gift Card Shower to collect Panera Gift Cards, or Make a Donation to Sponsor Panera Gift Cards

donate crafts and hands-on activities

Children who are inpatient for long periods of time need a lot of activities to keep them busy. Quiet, peaceful activities like arts, crafts and hands-on activities help children keep their hands and minds active, and help arm parents with creative ways to add play and fun into very long, stress-filled days. These gifts help children stay entertained, happy and distracted from the pokes, beeps, and uncertainties.

How You Can Help:

Donate arts, crafts and hands-on activities for all ages, baby to teen! 

socktober is a-foot

Every October is actually SOCKTOBER at SJGF! Comfort items like fuzzy socks are such a blessing to families in the hospital. Fuzzy socks are included in the care packages for parents and also given to children who are inpatient.  

How You Can Help:

Host a Fuzzy Sock Drive during the month of October and help SJGF stock up on fuzzy socks.

flip flop fiesta

Why flip flops you ask? Now, if you were in the hospital with your child, would you want to shower without something on your feet?

 

We provide parents with a brand new pair of flip flops so they can shower with their feet safely protected from the public bathroom floor. We collect flip flops of all sizes for both male and female.

How You Can Help:

During the summer months, donate Flip Flops or Host a Flip Flop drive and help SJGF stock up on Flip-Flops.

donate clothes to children in the ER

In an emergency situation with a child, parents have no time to pack a bag. So when the ER team cuts off or disposes of the child’s clothing, the child is left with nothing to wear while in the hospital or to travel home.

 

This is an ongoing need for INOVA's Pediatric ER; they depend solely on donations to make sure they have enough underwear, pants, onesies, pajamas, and shirts on hand for children during a crisis.

 

Help SJGF keep INOVA Children's Pediatric ER stocked so children can access clothes to wear during a very scary time.

How You Can Help:

Donate Items through our Amazon Wish List or SHOP for similar items on the Wish List and contact SJGF to DROP them off. 

make a donation

Make a donation of any amount to help SJGF provide gifts, gift cards, meals when possible, essentials and comfort items to families in a hospital setting.