August 2022

Heart to Heart Newsletter

August Assembly Dates: 

Tuesday, August 2         Cancelled
Tuesday, August 9         Pending
Tuesday, August 16       Pending
Tuesday, August 23       9:30 – 12:30
Thursday, August 25     17:30 -20:30
Tuesday, August 30       9:30 – 12:30

August Events: 

Mondays      20:00  Sound Healing
Saturdays     17:00 Pool Competition



Dropping Off Donated Goods

Donated Goods – Drop Off Delivery Dates 

Tuesday, August 2                    09:30 – 12:30 
Tuesday, August 9                    09:30 – 12:30 
Tuesday, August 16                  09:30 – 12:30 
Tuesday, August 23                  09:30 – 12:30 
Tuesday, August 31                  09:30 – 12:30 

Address:  徐汇区龙漕路218号远大心胸医院

Call DJ at 18516254244 upon arrival (not before) 
H2H personnel will then meet you at the hospital entrance gate to receive your donated goods.   
Do not enter the hospital grounds. 

(Please note that deliveries through kuaidi companies are acceptable at any time with Karen 13916295852 as the receiver.)

Things We Need

If you want to help out by sending things that the children and their families need while they are in the hospital (or when they get home), here is what we currently need:

  • Adult toothpaste
  • Boys’ & girls’ clothing (ages 6 months – 4 years)
  • Baby toys (3 months – 3 years)

We really appreciate your generosity!

如果您想通过捐赠物品来帮助住院期间的孩子和他们的家人们,我们也是非常欢迎的。 目前我们最需要的是:

  • 成年人牙膏
  • 6个月-4岁女童和男童服装
  • 3个月-3岁婴儿玩具


Recruiting Playroom Volunteers at Yida Hospital

Hi Everyone,

Heart to Heart started out as a playroom group (at Shanghai Chest Hospital) in 2003 and the playroom has continued to be a key component of what we do. Playing in the playroom helps children recover quicker and definitely makes them happier!  We really appreciate those who volunteered in the playroom at Yoda Hospital for the past 11 years.  Our playroom days in Yoda Hospital, however, are over since the hospital will no longer do children’s heart surgeries.  Instead, their surgeries will be performed at their new Yida Hospital in Qingpu.  Thus, our playroom has moved there.

Lili Zhou and Ming Zhou will be our new playroom managers at Yida.  They are recruiting playroom volunteers now.  I hope that each and every one of you will consider volunteering there!  It will be a great experience.

f you would like to make the move to the playroom at Yida in Qingpu and are already a H2H volunteer, please send a message to so you can be put in the new playroom chat.  If you aren’t a volunteer yet, you can sign up on our website (click on “I Want to Volunteer” in the volunteering section.)  The coordinators will get you signed up.  I know you won’t regret it!

Thank you for supporting Heart to Heart!



如果你已经是心连心的志愿者,也希望继续到位于青浦医大医院的新活动室服务,请发邮件到,以便于我们把你加入新的活动室群组。如果你想加入心连心的志愿者行列,请前往我们的官网(报名。从主页进入的话,可以点开“志愿者”页面,然后点击“I Want to Volunteer”, 进入报名界面。收到你的申请后,我们的工作人员会与你跟进后续事宜。加入我们,你不会后悔的!


The Busy Bee

Bibiana Huanqui and Pablo Hilgert are leaving China, but they will be remembered for a long time.  They just created a company called Light Castle and through that were the authors of the book “The Busy Bee” which was published just before they left.  It is the first of a 7-book collection they will write.  When she sent a donation from book sales, Bibiana said “I know it’s a very small amount of money, but we give it with all our hearts, wishing it helps a kid who needs it.”  Well, the book was definitely a hit with children who bought it and the donation that they gave Heart to Heart from the book’s profits (RMB 1,200) will be a life changer for the lucky child who has heart surgery as a result of their thoughtfulness.

And how did Bibiana end her message to Heart to Heart?  She said that “we might write a children’s book about heart disease to raise funds and awareness and the proceeds could go to your organization. We will keep in touch.”  We love the sound of that and wish them only the best in the future.

Bibiana Huanqui和Pablo Hilgert即将离开中国,但他们在将来一定会被人们思念。 他们刚刚创建了一家名为 “Light Castle 光之城堡” 的公司,并通过该公司成为 “The Busy Bee 忙碌的蜜蜂 “一书的作者 —-该书在他们离开之前出版。 这是他们将写的7本书中的第一本。 当她发来捐款时,Bibiana说:”我知道这是一笔非常小的钱,但这代表着我们的所有的心意,希望它能帮助到需要它的孩子。”  好吧,这本书绝对受到了购买它的孩子们的欢迎,而从这本书得到的利润,给”心连心”的捐款(1200元人民币)将改变一位幸运的孩子的生活。这位孩子会因为他们的帮助而接受心脏手术。

那么Bibiana是如何结束她给 “心连心 “的留言的呢? 她说,”我们可能会写一本关于心脏疾病的儿童书,以筹集资金和提高人们对心脏疾病的认识。所得款项可以捐给你们的组织,我们将保持联系。” 我们觉得这是一个很棒的主意,并祝愿他们在未来的日子里一切顺利。

Food Card Program to be Continued at Yida 

Our heart surgery sponsorship program is the focus of our work at Heart to Heart.  However, we like to make sure that the children and their families have enough to eat while they are staying in the hospital since they come to us with no funds to spare.  Yida Hospital has agreed to continue the food card program that we had a Yoda Hospital.  It’s a very popular program with the patients.  We know that it will make our little patients and their relatives that made the trip to Shanghai with them very happy.

The only difference from our old program is that inflation has come into play a tiny bit.  Thus, food cards now cost us RMB 200 instead of RMB 180. The families won’t know the difference if everything works correctly. High quality food at very inexpensive prices will still be available.  The families will have a RMB 200 credit on their hospital cafeteria account and can use it for whatever type food they want.   It should get them through most hospital stays, but can be supplemented by us if necessary.  It’s a great deal.

If you would like to help with the program, email or WeChat Karen-H2H.



如果您想帮助这个计划,请发送电子邮件至info@h2hsh.net或微信 Karen-H2H。

Featured Sponsor of the Month – SSIS Bear Sale Project

At SSIS one of the main goals as a student is to act and be a future global leader. As a global citizen or leader, one must be engaged in global issues. Many children from China are born with congenital heart defects and born into families who cannot afford the fee to perform heart surgery. To help and participate in this global issue, several SSIS students collaborated with Heart to Heart to start a bear sale and collect money for some of the heart surgeries needed.

Starting something new is never easy, especially during a pandemic situation. However, four grade eleven students, Lucas Xie, Lim Jing Rui, Yang Dong Heng Christopher, and Heo Eunseo, persevered and worked towards their goal with perseverance and dedication. They designed a unique hoodie for the heart bear and advertised the bear sale throughout the SSIS community. With the support of teachers, these four students managed to fundraise a total of 50,190 RMB with over 200 donors participating. This significant amount of money will be used to conduct one heart surgery with almost enough money for a second one. It might just be a number on paper, but this number signifies that two children will get the gift of life.

As members of a global community, it is our responsibility to help those in need. We sincerely thank everyone who participated and donated to this project. This was an incredibly meaningful project, and we look forward to future projects with Heart to Heart.

Lucas Xie
Grade 11 Student from Shanghai Singapore International School

尝试新事物从来都不是一件容易的事,尤其是在新冠疫情大流行艰难时期。然而,四位十一年级的学生,Lucas Xie,Lim Jing Rui,Yang Dong Heng Christopher和Heo Eunseo,坚持不懈,以毅力和奉献精神朝着他们的目标努力。他们为“心连心”小熊设计了一件独一无二的SSIS连帽衫,并在整个SSIS社区宣传此次义卖,在老师的支持下,得到了200多名捐赠者参加,共募集了50,190元人民币。这笔可观的资金将被用于资助一次心脏手术,剩余的钱几乎足以资助第二次心脏手术。 这可能只是纸上的一个数字,但这个数字意味着两个孩子将获得新的生命。



Weekly BNC Pool Competition

If you’ve ever had a desire to learn to play pool or you’re already quite good, BNC has a weekly pool competition on Saturday evenings for you to try.  The atmosphere is friendly and all are welcome to participate.  It’s the perfect place to brush up on your skills against great challengers (or not so good ones).  Sign up starts at 5pm with the games starting soon afterwards.  And the best part of the games ….. donations go to Heart to Heart!  They are now quite far down the path of sponsoring a BNC child for heart surgery.  Come help the cause while you’re having a fun time!

如果你曾有过学习打台球的意愿,或者你已经是一位台球高手,BNC在每周六晚上有一场台球比赛供你尝试。 比赛的气氛很友好,并欢迎所有人参加。 这是一个与优秀的台球挑战者(或入门的台球挑战者)切磋球技的完美场所。 这场球赛在周六当天下午5点开始报名,比赛在当晚发生。 最后,也是游戏最精彩的部分…… 那就是捐款能够捐给心连心组织! BNC现在已经在赞助一位儿童做心脏手术的道路上走得很远了。 在享受快乐时光的同时,请您来帮助这项事业吧!

Featured  Volunteer of the Month – Frauke Angue

Hello from Frauke

I came to Shanghai from Germany at the end of October 2019. Since I knew that I would not work in China, I started to look for a charity where I could help children. Soon I found Heart to Heart! I quickly registered as a volunteer in the playroom and received orientation training in Nov. 2019. I still remember that I was so excited and arrived Yoda hospital 40 minutes early! Mei was the orientation training leader and she welcomed me with a big smile which made me immediately feel very comfortable. That day I learned more about H2H’s history and development in the past 16 years. I had a good start. Now, Mei is not only my best friend in China, but also my Chinese teacher! I don’t speak much Chinese though. Ask Mei, I’m not a talkative person. I prefer work more than talk!

In the past 3 years, I also joined assembly team lead by DJ and the knitting team lead by Helen. A few months ago, I was invited to join the H2H management team of H2H and be responsible for the sewing team. Our mission is to ensure the sewing team produces beautiful outfits for our heart bears. Meanwhile, I still take care of German knitting café sessions. I’ve met a lot of dear friends through H2H !!

Besides volunteering, I also enjoy learning Chinese calligraphy and painting. I donated two pieces of my artwork to H2H’s art show in Nov. 2021. They both sold and the income directly helped with children’s heart surgery!

I enjoy the life in Shanghai. And I hope that through our volunteering more children’s heart surgeries will be supported in 2022!


我是2019年10月底从德国来上海的。当时因为知道自己不会在中国工作,所以一开始就在寻找可以在空闲时间帮助孩子的慈善机构。很快我就找到了心连心!2019 年 11 月,我在游戏室注册成为志愿者,并接受了志愿者培训。我还记得我当时非常兴奋,提前 40 分钟就到达了远大医院!那天,Mei是培训的负责人,她带着灿烂的笑容欢迎我,这让我立刻感到非常地受欢迎。那天我学到了很多关于心连心在过去16年的历史和发展。现在,Mei不仅是我在中国最好的朋友,也还是我的中文老师!不过我还是不太会说中文。问Mei,她肯定说我不是一个健谈的人。 比起说话,我更喜欢工作!

在过去的3年里,我也加入了DJ带领的组装团队和Helen的针织团队。 几个月前,我还被邀请加入心连心的管理团队,负责缝纫。我们的使命是确保缝纫团队为我们的小熊制作精美的服装。 与此同时,我仍然负责德国针织咖啡馆的课程。 我通过心连心认识了很多亲爱的朋友!!

除了做义工,我也喜欢绘画和中国书法。 2021年11月,我将我的两件作品捐赠给了心连心的艺术展。两幅画都被售出,收入也直接用于儿童的心脏手术!

我很享受在上海的生活。 我希望通过我们的志愿服务,在 2022 年能够支持更多的儿童完成心脏手术!

Welcome to Our New Volunteers!

New Events Volunteers
Edward CHen
Kai Sheng
Marscha Wolf

New Marketing Volunteers
Li Qian

Sign Up to be a Volunteer! 
Want to sign up to volunteer? Here is a new easy way! Just scan the QR Code and fill out the information. It takes less than a minute!

Join our WeChat Group!  
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 Alice Wangfor creating and maintaining it for us!

With your support 2,245 children (63 so far in 2022), 156 rural school libraries and 16 school sports equipment packages have been sponsored! 
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Contact Us! 
General Information:  Karen Carrington   (
Admin Team:  Juliana Zeiske, Karen Carrington
Annual Report:  Mei Kang
Assembly Director:  DJ Wizniak
Assembly Team Backups:  Sandra Powley, Sunita Rafiz & Taeko Fujino
Assembly Team Correspondence: Cristina Buron Pust (
Charity Liaison/Regulations Director:  Joyce Wang
Chinese Language Communication Manager:  Kai Tsou
Chinese Language Communication Team:  Cheng Zhang, Ella Liu, Fenya Lyn Walter, Freya Pan, Jie Huang, Lusia Lu, Mei Kang, Rose Ding & Yen-ling Von Meister
CSR and Group Volunteering Manager:  Bev Darle (
CSR and Group Volunteering Team:  DJ Wizniak & Taeko Fujino
Donations (New & Gently Used Goods):  DJ Wizniak (
Events Manager:  Lusia Lu (
Events Team Management Backup/Assistant:  Karen Carrington
Events Team On-site Supervisors:  Linda Luo, Yifan Li
Executive Director:  Karen Carrington (
Field Trips:  Karen Carrington (
Finance Director:  Zhang Xiaoguang
Finance Team:  Juliana Zeiske, Karen Carrington
Heart Bear Order Manager:  Juliana Zeiske
Knitting Manager:  Helen Anderson (
Legal Counsel/Director:  Zhang Qi
Media and Marketing Manager/Director:  Allan McDean
Medical Liaison/Information Director:  Alonso Wan
Minhang/Qingpu/Songjiang Coordinator:  Michael Chew
Minhan/Qingpu/Songjiang Backup:  Ming Zhou
New Volunteer Coordinators:  Ella Liu, Liz Ting, Patricia Prado
Newsletter Editor:  Debra Carter (
Newsletter Proofreader:  Karen Carrington
On-line Projects Manager:  Nancy Kong
On-line Sales:  Kate Bayles
On-line Sales Team:  Caz Johnstone, Debbie Foster, Theresa Mehling
Playroom Manager:   Lili Zhou
Playroom Backup:  Ming Zhou
Processes & Procedures:  Jenny Hua and Nari Elhadidi
Project Management:  April Shi
Recruitment & Retention:  Stuart Dunn
Recruitment & Retention Backup:  Annika Weiss
Schools Team Manager:  Pearl Hu
Schools Team Liaisons:  Annabel Tong, Ella Liu, Helen Jiao, Helen Morris, Karen Carrington, Kate Bayles, Lidel Freeman, Melody Huang & Sophia Luo
Sewing Team Manager:  Frauke Angue
Sponsorship & Hospital Visits Manager:  Karen Carrington (
Sponsorship/Hospital Visits Team: Allan McDean, DJ Wizniak, Mei Kang, Michael Chew, Ming Zhou, Nancy Kong & Steve Lee
Webmasters:  Eric Wang (database), Jung-wo Lee (website) & Karen Carrington (content)
Website pictures (remote):  Lenel Roux
WeChat Account Manager:  Mei Kang
WeChat Account Backup:  Jessica Zheng

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

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!

Other Donations
You can help support our food card program, our rural school library or sports equipment programs, or become a heart surgery program sponsor.  Contact us to find out how you can help.

Tell Your Friends About Us
Talk to a volunteer at an event and pass on the information. 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).

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