Our mission is to provide support and financial assistance to indigent Chinese children who require heart surgery and to provide financial assistance to rural Chinese schools which require libraries, sports equipment and other essentials. For more information visit our website (www.h2hsh.com).
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Join us! August 2020
Tuesday, August 4 9:30 – 12:30 Tuesday, August 11 9:30-12:30 Tuesday, August 18 9:30-12:30 Tuesday, August 25 9:30-12:30 Thursday, August 27 17:30-20:30
Come out and support Heart to Heart at The Rooster (August 1), Green Escape Market (every weekend in August), the Charity Dinner / Comedy Show at Colca (August 5) and Swap & Sip (August 8).
Bring Your Group to Volunteer with Us!
Following a long break, we are delighted to be able to welcome groups of volunteers to Yoda Hospital to volunteer to help Heart to Heart again. Could you organise a group to come and give us a hand? Perhaps you have already been to volunteer with us in previous years; we would love to see you again. 53 groups came to help out in 2019 so we have a lot of catching up to do! How about getting together a group of colleagues from work, from school or college or just a group of friends? We always have lots of work to do: dressing and finishing heart bears, sorting donations, cleaning the playroom… It’s not difficult work and all takes place in a great fun atmosphere with our team managers. We organise sessions on Tuesday afternoons or Thursday mornings and afternoons, 9:30am-12:30pm or 1:30-4:30pm. We can take groups of up to 12 volunteers but if you have more, we can always set up more than one group. If you would like more information about our group sessions or would like to reserve a date, please send an email to Bev Darle at this address email@example.com Looking forward to hearing from you very soon.
For over more than 15 years, Heart to Heart has worked to ensure that children in poor circumstances are able to get CHD heart surgery when they need it. H2H has also provided rural school libraries and sports equipment in the areas from which our sponsored children come. We know their lives are better as a result of the work we’ve done. We believe every child deserves a childhood, a future, a better than fair chance.
This year’s pandemic has affected us all in one way or another. However, the kids with congenital diseases do not understand the depth at which COVID-19 has impacted them. Their only aim is to survive regular life and to cope up with a disease that they were unfortunate enough to have been born with. That disease nor their need for help in curing it has not gone away because COVID-19 is impacting the world. In fact, because most people are focused on it, donations to help the children with CHD are down. Their chances of survival are now even less. I hope to try to help address the situation.
I have the privilege of joining Heart to Heart’s great mission as manager of school liaisons. I have extensive experience in management that I will apply together with hard work to achieve the best result we can offer these kids in need: our most sincere help. I want to help unlock new ideas, new partnerships and new innovations to work with schools for these kids’ basic need – to have a life free of heart disease. I am thrilled to be able to help children but especially in this difficult time so these kids are not the hidden victims of this pandemic. The children’s futures are in all our hands and I hope we can work through this together.
I looks forward to working with the schools and the H2H school team during the upcoming school year!
Last month, we announced that Heart to Heart Shanghai will hold its third annual Art for Hearts art show in early November 2020. We have been inviting all types of artists to use their talents to contribute to the Art for Hearts show. We’re lucky to have so many friends and volunteers who can help us connect with some wonderful artists. If you know artists, please help us spread the word to an even larger community. The more artistic works we have the better!
Starting in August, we will officially start to accept submissions. The requirements and donation process are detailed in the attached posters. Please make sure you contact April Shi (WeChat ID: aprilinwonderland) before you send out your artwork. We want to make sure we make secure arrangements to receive the artwork.
Besides donating artwork, you can also help us by sponsoring the art show. If you or your company want to know how to be a sponsor for the 2020 Art for Hearts, please also reach out to April Shi.
If you’ve ever wondered what happens to all those items (new and used) that you bring or send to Heart to Heart, we’ve got the answer. Many different things can happen.
If something is badly damaged or worn, we recycle the item with a local recycler and make a little money from it which goes into our heart surgery program. That’s not bad for things that can’t be sent out/given away!
New or like new things are often given to our sponsored children and their families when they come into the hospital. The families come with little to no things since that’s what they have. So we give them clothing, toiletries, books, toys and other miscellaneous items to make their stay more comfortable in the hospital. (We also give them food cards for the hospital cafeteria so they have something to eat while they are with us. After all, these families make between RMB 5,000-30,000 a YEAR so there isn’t a lot they can afford in Shanghai.)
Toys often end up in our playroom where they can be loved by all.
The remainder of the donations are usually taken to villages in the countryside and distributed there. This year, however, we haven’t been able to do that because of COVID-19. Thus, a new program of shipping donations out to particularly needy schools in remote areas has been arranged through Yoda Hospital – thank you Nancy! In July we managed to ship out 128 bags of donated goods. Where did they go?
20 bags of winter jackets went to a very rural, mountainous Tibetan area in Sichuan province
40 bags of clothing for school children were also sent to the same Tibetan area in Sichuan province
60 bags of clothing went to communities in the high mountains in Yunnan province
8 bags of clothing went to a school in Guangxi province
We are really glad that we were able to help people in these remote areas despite the COVID-19 situation. (Note that because of recent flooding most of the bags still haven’t been delivered, but we hope to be able to show pictures of the deliveries in the next newsletter.) I know all the recipients will be really happy that H2H supporters donated all the goods. Thank you!
Despite the July summer heat, H2H volunteers have carried on and participated in markets around Shanghai to help raise funds and promote our mission. In mid-July at the Jing’An Green Escape Market, a group of students that were interested in learning more about charity activities, stopped by the H2H booth to interview our volunteers. Our efforts are and have already touched the hearts of thousands! Every person whose awareness we raise contributes to saving the lives of children with congenital heart defects. As we continue on this journey, rain or shine, let’s spread the love together! Work an event!
Message from the Knitting Team: A Brief History of the Heart Bear Cardigan
In the beginning there was only one pattern. It was a plain cardigan with attached front bands and three unevenly spaced buttons. Sleeves were usually knitted flat, sewn together and then sewn in. The pattern suggested you could pick up stitches around the armhole and knit them in the round, but no instructions were actually given for how to do this. Cardigans were usually knitted in one colour or sometimes with stripes. Embroidery was sometimes used to help sell the more unpopular cardigan colours. The cardigans sold well, but were slow to produce. We even had to pay knitters in the early days to help get enough Christmas cardigans made. It was a long process for a small cardigan. I knitted it once and said to myself, ‘I can do better’.
The first variation was to try thinner yarn. Then came the issue of how many buttons to use, five or three was usually chosen as four is an unlucky number. Then I played around with colour and styles…
Then as orders for hundreds of cardigans came in, in addition to the ongoing regular cardigan sales, a faster-to-knit cardigan design was needed. Enter the new streamlined cardigan! This new cardigan had front bands that were knit at the same time as the body of the cardigan, a real time saver. It is now the cardigan pattern used for all of our Christmas cardigan designs.
But of course we didn’t stop at just redesigning the cardigan – sweaters, dresses, tutus, skirts, Christmas trees, Christmas angels were all designed. So to conclude, knitting patterns for our heart bears is always evolving. Many knitters have contributed to the designs we now sell. Maybe you have ideas for what we can knit next? You don’t even have to be a knitter, just another volunteer with a good idea. Let me know and we can work together on new designs to ensure our heart bears are always attired in great looking popular outfits.
It’s one of the things that keeps me knitting for Heart to Heart – the opportunity to be CREATIVE! And what a great way to be creative too, making items that give pleasure and give back by helping to heal hearts.
Hope to hear from other fellow creative volunteers.
Helping with “assembly” volunteering with Heart to Heart on Tuesday mornings or the last Thursday evening of each month is very different from when I started 9 years ago. When I began, there were very few sorters, but many knitters.
Boy have things changed. We now spend the majority of our Tuesday mornings sorting bags and boxes full of donated clothing and other useful items. We recycle items not deemed appropriate for the countryside and have been lucky to have a company that pays us for these goods thereby raising more surgery funds. We are also very lucky to be supported by wonderful brand-name companies. For these special donations of brand-name clothing, we spend many hours carefully de-tagging and de-labeling new merchandise before we can surprise everyone (including volunteers) with “pop-up” sales. The sales also support children’s heart surgeries so the work is vital. We have now expanded with a sewing team that creates delightful outfits for our heart bears as well as other items such as tablecloths, banner bags and aprons. If you can knit, sew or simply sort, please come out and join a wonderful group of H2H volunteers for our assembly sessions.
Yay! What we’ve all been waiting for are finally ready. Videos are now available for people who are scheduled to work events. There are three:
How to set up for an event
Frequently asked questions about H2H
How to fill out the sales sheet
These videos along with our introductory video to Heart to Heart will all be available on a Youku link soon. For now, when you sign up to work a Heart to Heart event, the videos will appear in your event chat group to prepare you for the event. It will make everything much clearer. We hope everyone will watch them to make all of our lives easier. Of course, we will continue to try to put experienced volunteers with new volunteers as well as Chinese speakers with foreign language speakers. We want all of you — and our “customers” — to have a great experience at events. Thank you for volunteering!
H2H held our first H2H Bottle Bingo at Abbey Road on July 17 to raise funds toward a heart surgery. It was LOADS of fun and very successful! The capacity of our room was 60 people, but it seems that 80 showed up and participated. We hope to expand the seating next time so that we won’t be quite so crowded ….. but the crowd and atmosphere seemed to make everything even more fun.
Our gratitude goes out to Abbey Road for donating 10% of the food and drinks revenue of that night. We also want to thank Greenwave for donating a very nice gift voucher (shower head water filter) for one of the prize baskets. And it was really nice of the H2H management team to donate so many fun prizes for the 9 gift baskets. Some of them were quite unique! And thanks to DJ and Sunita for making up the baskets, which were truly lovely. And, of course, we can’t forget Toby – our Bingo caller extraordinaire. We really appreciate all the efforts people put into the night …. and we appreciate the enthusiastic crowd who turned out to play Bingo and support H2H.
Why is it called Bottle Bingo??? Well you’ll just have to come to our next one and find out! Stay tuned for our next date (probably September).
Hello H2H! My name is Zoe and I am going back to my home in the UK after living in Shanghai since July 2019. My family moved to Shanghai a few years ago and I decided to join them for a year after I graduated from university. I went to the University of Nottingham and studied English with Creative Writing so communicating with the children in the playroom without sharing the same language was so interesting for me. I started volunteering in the playroom in October 2019, and watched how excited the children and parents were by the playroom, despite them going through such a difficult time. Like a lot of people, my time here was cut short here due to coronavirus. It would have been amazing to have seen more of China, and joined everyone on the famous field trips, but I am still grateful for the experience I have had. Thank you to everyone who has made my time in the playroom so enjoyable, I will miss you! Zoe Crook
It was exciting to receive the news about myself being the featured H2H volunteer of the month for the H2H newsletter. But after the excitement wore off, I started scratching my head thinking hard to recall how and when I started volunteering for H2H.
First of all, a brief introduction about myself. My name is Kok Chia Sin, a Brunei-born Chinese who came to Shanghai in 2006 after getting married to a Shanghainese husband. We have been living in Shanghai ever since and now have 2 additional members to our little family, Jayden 11 and Jayne 10. When I first came to Shanghai in 2006, it was not very expat-friendly. I experienced the first culture shock of my life. Through the Shanghai Community Center, however, I found many interesting activities, classes and social events and decided to give Shanghai Patchwork and Knitting Guild a try. It was founded by Susan Ferry intended to serve as a forum for knitters and piecers of all levels to come together to meet new friends, learn new skills and make something special for friends and family or use these skills to make items for various local charities supported by the Guild. When Sue Ferry left Shanghai in 2008, Kathy Pauli took over the Guild, by then I had improved my knitting skills thanks to the experienced knitters in the Guild. The Shanghai Guild met every week. We knitted and raised money for H2H to establish libraries in rural schools and to sponsor children for heart surgery. Some members stayed for years, some we only met once, all came to Shanghai for different reasons but were brought together by the Shanghai Guild for a good cause.
Now, the Shanghai Guild is co-managed by Niny Lam and Helen Anderson. I still knit for it. And sometimes I join H2H assembly at the Yoda Hospital and knit or sew there. I have also volunteered for the Christmas market sales for H2H bears. In future, I would love to participate in one of the field trips to visit previously sponsored children.
Hi. I’m Michelle, a Shanghai native. I worked as a Human Resources Director in a foreign company becoming a mother. I became a full-time mother once I welcomed my baby into the world 4 years ago. Now I’m committed to training the next generation, parenting experience, food, sports, travel, and sharing my life. As a novice mother, I spent a lot of time researching and evaluating infant-related supplies. In 2015, I created the “Little Maru”‘s Microworld in order to exchange parenting knowledge with novice moms, share the latest information for cost-effective mother and child supplies and toys. This platform provides information on the education of the young as well as other meaningful offline experience activities, such as: visiting the fire department to learn the basics of fire escape, holding a flea market to exchange items, going to the zoo, taking children shopping in a supermarket or taking children and parents for pizza.
I began to work with heart bears by sharing the bears with a group of mothers who are visitors to my platform. I learned about Heart to Heart Shanghai and the positive energy the volunteers have behind them. I think H2H is a very meaningful thing – making an effort can help families who lack financial conditions and have children with CHD. So, in early 2020, in order to thank the fans on my platform, Xiao Maru himself sent 100 heart bears as a New Year’s gift for the fan base and we launched our heart bear program. So far, Xiao Maru and fans have purchased a total of 430 heart bears from H2H so we’ve donated 86,000 yuan and sponsored two children from Guizhou Province, Chen Fujie, 8, and Yang Xinyun, 6, so far. They both underwent congenital heart disease surgery sucessfully. After the operation, Xiao Maru visited the children for the fan base and found that their operations went very smoothly. Their recoveries were also very good. We are sincerely happy for them and also hope to pass on this opportunity to express the true meaning of love.
In the future, Little Maru and the fans will continue to share the heart bear program with more people. Not only that, we also hope that through our platform and strength we can help more people in need. I hope you can also become a part of us!
If you would like to join us through the platform, please scan the QR code below.
New Assembly Volunteers Alison Hill Alan McDean Cold Han Cosima Biela Ina (Jinping) Xu Ping Du Sandy Encinas Shao Ng
New Events Volunteers Suhani Chawla Yizhen Mao
New Knitting and Sewing Volunteers Siqi Chen Ping Du Sandy Encinas Renying Li Ying Lu Ina (Jinping) Xu
New Managers Allan McDean Qingqing Zhou
New Playroom Volunteers Manuela Angius Reika Isomata Rvenus Lai Yizhen Mao William Yan
New School Team Volunteers Helen Jiao (SHSID) Kate Bayles (BISS) Melody Huang (Thinktown Education) Qingqing Zhou (Manager)
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The H2H WeChat account is in place. We hope you’ll follow us on it! Just scan the QR code to get started.
We want to give a huge thanks to Alie Wang for creating and maintaining it for us!
With your support over 1,663 children, 146 libraries and 9 school sports equipment package have been sponsored!
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In addition to our webpage at www.h2hsh.com, we are on WeChat, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Join us to share pictures and get updates!
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General Information: Karen Carrington firstname.lastname@example.org Admin: Karen Carrington, Kyle Lamirande, Mei Kang Assembly Director: DJ Wizniak email@example.com Assembly Team Backup: Nodlaig Stoddart Assembly Team Correspondence: Cristina Buron Pust Chinese Language Communication Manager: Kai Tsou Chinese Language Communication Team: Mei Kang & Yen-ling von Meister CSR and Group Volunteering Manager: Bev Darle firstname.lastname@example.org CSR and Group Volunteering Team: DJ Wizniak, Karen Carrington Donations (New and Gently Used Goods): DJ Wizniak & Nodlaig Stoddart email@example.com Events Manager: Harrison Carter firstname.lastname@example.org Events Team Mgmt Back-up/Assistant: Grace Hsu Events Team On-site Manager: Khudeja S Events Set-up Team: Ingrid Dupper & Steve Thorn Executive Director: Karen Carrington email@example.com Field Trips: Karen Carrington firstname.lastname@example.org Finance Director: Zhang Xiaoguang Finance Team: Amy Lu and Shao Han email@example.com Knitting Manager: Helen Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org Legal Counsel/Director: Zhang Qi Media and Marketing Manager: Allan McDean Media and Marketing Backup: Jenny Hua Media & Marketing Team: Abi Chin, Ann Chen, April Chiasson, April Shi, Cristina Buron Pust, DJ Wizniak, Karen Carrington, Mei Kang, Mohana Gnanasekaran, Nancy Kong, Neon Lee, Patrick Zhang, Steve Lee, Steve Thorn, Titian Rono & Yunfan Xia Minhang Coordinator: vacant New Volunteer Coordinators: Anh Ly Moellers (new application processing), Ross Abantao (orientations and activations), Karen Carrington (knitters and sewers) email@example.com Newsletter: Debi Carter & Ana Alexander firstname.lastname@example.org Newsletter Proofreader: Karen Carrington On-line Projects Manager: Nancy Kong Playroom Manager: Cristina Buron Pust Project Management: Abi Chin & April Shi Rural Library/Sporting Equipment Sponsorship: Karen Carrington email@example.com School Liaison Management Team: Qingqing Zhou firstname.lastname@example.org School Team: Helen Jiao, Kate Bayles & Melody Huang Sewing Team Manger: Ingrid Dupper Sewing Team Manager Backup: Marie Blossier Sponsorship & Hospital Visits Managers: Karen Carrington & DJ Wizniak email@example.com Sponsorship & Hospital Visits Team: Helen Anderson, Mei Kang, Nancy Kong, & Steve Lee Webmasters: Jung-Woo Lee (website), Eric Wang (database), Frank Song (database maintenance for the new database being built), Karen Carrington (content) Website Pictures (remote): Lenel Roux WeChat Account: Mei Kang WeChat Account Backup: Kai Tsou
YODA Cardio Thoracic HOSPITAL
Address: No. 218 Long Cao Road, Xuhui district, 200235 Shanghai 医院地址:上海市徐汇区龙漕路218号
Metro Directions: – Line 3 & 12 “Long Cao Road Station” – Exit 4 – Turn left (it is the next building) – Line 1 & 12 “Cao Bao Road Station” – Exit 4 from the SOUTH platform – Turn right 8 minutes walk (it will be on your right)
Bus Routes: – Bus 50 (Caohejing Road stop or N Caoxi Rd, E Tainlin Road stop) – Bus 111 (Long Wu Road -Longcao Road stop) – Bus 120 (Longcao Road stop)
Many Ways to Support Us!
Did you know that Heart to Heart is a 100% volunteer organization? With no paid staff we always need people to volunteer. Here are just a few of the ways you can help us.
Visit Us at an Event
Check out our ‘Support Us‘ section following the calendar.
Donate New or Gently Used Goods
Clothing, toys, toiletries collected from hotel visits, company swag – as long as it is not electronic or breakable, we will find a use for it. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donate Your Time
Help out in our hospital playroom, join an assembly session, schedule a special group volunteering session for you and your coworkers, knit or sew bear clothes at home or with friends. There are countless opportunities. We definitely need your help!
You can help support our food card program, our rural school library program, or become a heart surgery program sponsor. Contact us to find out how you can help.
Tell Your Friends About Us
Pick up a flyer at an event and pass it on. Bring a friend to a volunteer session. Enlist your friends from home to make a donation (contact our executive director to find out how you can make this happen).