Heart to Heart Shanghai began in 2003 when a small group of volunteers started playing with children (post-heart surgery) at the Shanghai Chest Hospital. They did this in order to get the children out of bed and moving around. The activity made the children recover from their surgery quicker.
At Heart to Heart we still keep up the playroom tradition. We have a large playroom at Yodak Cardio-Thoracic Hospital stocked with donated toys, puzzles, books, etc…. Children of all ages come to play. There is usually quite the crowd of happy kids. Our playroom is open 365 afternoons a year so we definitely need lots of volunteers to play with the children, conduct art activities, clean up, etc. If you like children, you’ll love this volunteering opportunity.
What are the qualifications to volunteer in the playroom? There is only one – you must be at least 15 years old. If you are, please come and enjoy yourself while you’re helping the children recover from heart surgery. Just fill out an application in the “I Want to Volunteer” section of this website and someone will contact you with information about how to go to orientation and get started. The kids are looking forward to meeting you!