Tuesday, February 11 9:30-12:30 Tuesday, February 18 9:30-12:30 Tuesday, February 25 9:30-12:30 Thursday, February 27 17:30-20:30
Wednesday, February 26 Tiny Tots International Kindergarten Charity Bazaar Friday, February 28 ACS Rug Auction
Fighting the Coronavirus
新年快乐！Happy New Year! The Year of the Rat is certainly starting out in a manner that won’t be forgotten for a long, long time. China is in the grip of the Coronavirus. Although we still have 5 post-surgery children in the hospital at Yoda Cardio-Thoracic Hospital in Shanghai and 1 post-surgery child in DeltaHealth in Minhang and neither of these hospitals are taking Coronavirus cases, Heart to Heart in-hospital operations will be closed down until Monday, February 10, to conform to government guidelines. We want to make sure all of you and our patients are well. Naturally, behind the scenes paperwork and essential operations will continue to the best of our abilities, but there will be no group get-togethers. Don’t forget us during the hiatus! We will be back saving the lives of Chinese children with CHD as soon as circumstances permit. Thank you for supporting Heart to Heart! Stay safe!
Hi, I am Tina and I got involved with H2H through a friend. She said that the group helped kids and needed some extra help during the summer with a warehouse cleanout. From that time, I was hooked and realised this was where I could give something back to China for the great experience it was giving me. I started helping on Tuesday mornings sorting clothing and later in the year becoming the Event Kits Manager. This basically meant I put together the items needed for the weekend markets and other events. A fun part of this job was getting to dress all the bears. Unfortunately, I have had to leave Shanghai unexpectedly and return to Australia this new year without saying goodbye to many of you. It was great to meet so many H2H volunteers. Thanks to H2H for providing me the opportunity to volunteer and the great work it does in helping kids. Wishing Christina, who is taking over the Event Kits, all the best.
Hi, I am Christina. I am a typical spouse accompanying my husband in Shanghai. When I arrived in China, it was my deepest heart´s desire to get involved with a charity project and spend my unaccustomed free time helping people in need. I am so happy to be a member of the Heart to Heart family. I joined the Heart to Heart Assembly Team in July 2018 and soon I started to support the Events Team as well. Due to the fact that I am often in Germany, I am not able to stand by continuously, but I try to help as often as possible. My additional task now is to help with the events kits. It’s working “backstage” to prepare the kits for upcoming events. In my opinion it is an important task because the representatives of Heart to Heart rely on us and expect a completely packed suitcase for the events. Sometimes we are quite busy, but it is always fun to dress the bears and communicate with the Events Team. I will need help doing this – a partner to help when I’m not around. Come and join Heart to Heart, get involved and be a volunteer on the event kits team!
The assembly room belongs to all volunteers and so it needs to be taken care of by all. Whether you visit H2H once a week, month or year, we all need to take responsibility to keep the space tidy and organized. The assembly and sewing teams try their best to keep the assembly room as organized as possible. Everything has its place and should be returned to it. Threads, buttons, needles and scissors all have marked spaces and should not be left on the worktable or loose on shelves. If you don’t know where something goes, ask. The only silly questions are the ones not asked.
We receive a lot of donated goods and sometimes they overflow into the work area. It’s not always easy to return things to their proper locations, but if you were able to find something in the first place, you should be able to replace it where it goes.
We don’t have an Ayi so: If you see a mess that needs sweeping, grab the broom and dustpan. If you see a spill, grab a towel or mop. If the washroom sink is a mess, wipe it. If you use a cup or chopsticks, please wash up. Please don’t leave any type of food or liquid in the assembly room or in its trash bin.
The play room must also be kept clean for the safety of the children. We use the space on Tuesday mornings for assembly and it’s all of our responsibility to make sure it’s left safe and tidy for the patients. Let’s not leave the sweeping and wiping down of the tables to the same few people. If you see a problem, PLEASE spend a few minutes and lend a hand.
Our group volunteering program hosted 53 groups of volunteers at Heart to Heart in 2019! We would like to send out a big THANK YOU message to all of them. They were quite varied – being groups from companies, schools, clubs, universities, etc., but they all came to give us a hand with sorting donations, preparing heart bears, supervising shoe drives, cleaning the playroom and so on. Some organisations have now been volunteering in the program for several years and the group volunteering team is always delighted to see them again. Maybe 2020 could be the year when your organisation gets a group together to help H2H. It’s a great bonding and team-building activity. Groups can come on Tuesday afternoons or Thursday mornings or afternoons. Up to 12 people can take part in one session, but, if you have more than 12 volunteers, we can always set up multiple sessions. If you would like to organise a session, send an email to Bev at firstname.lastname@example.org we are looking forward to having even more volunteers in 2020.
Have you ever wondered what Mom 2 Mom Sales (M2M) is all about? It all began in 2008 by two German women as a small event in Huacao Town, Minhang. It was just a few mothers selling their second hand children´s items. Over the years, the events have grown and become one of the biggest charity sales in Shanghai. The sales take place four times a year around spring/summer and fall/winter. As both names suggest, Mom-to-Mom Sales centres around second hand children´s and maternity items while Women-to-Women Sales caters to ladies who love to shop pre-loved women´s wear & accessories. All are at incredible bargains. The best part is of the sales is that for 11 years and one sale at a time, M2M has donated all their profits to Heart to Heart Shanghai. Our target is 30000 RMB for each sale – the price for saving one child´s life.
For years the Shanghai Racquet Club (SRC) has been M2M’s biggest supporter since they opened their doors for our event, year after year. The M2M team is eternally grateful for their support. Since last year more organizations and businesses have joined forces with us such as La Rive des Pains providing our volunteers with free food during the preparations and the JICDA Community Center who honored M2M with the “Excellence in Organizing“ award. But most of the praise goes to all our tireless and hardworking volunteers who help out before, during and after the sales. Without them none of this would be possible. We are very grateful to work with all of you side by side for a great cause.
多年来，上海西庭网球俱乐部一直是M2M最大的支持者，因为他们年复一年地为我们的活动敞开大门，M2M永远要感谢他们的支持。自去年以来，越来越多的组织和企业与我们携手合作，例如在筹备过程中为志愿者提供免费食物的La Rive des Pains，以及授予M2M“卓越组织”奖的JICDA社区中心。而这些赞扬都归功于我们所有不知疲倦、勤奋的志愿者们，他们在销售之前、期间和之后都付出了辛勤的劳动。没有他们，这一切都不可能实现。我们非常感恩能为了一个共同目标而并肩作战。
We are constantly looking for new core team members for our M2M Minhang team. If you think you have great ideas and would like to join help the cause please get in touch by scanning the QR code. We are hoping to also open a Mom2Mom Pudong branch. Who will take on this noble task? Organizing and running Mom2Mom Sales can be quite work intensive, but it is a huge achievement and definitely pays off. This becomes particularly obvious when meeting “our” kids in the hospital. Our Mission and vision for this year 2020 is to expand operations and try to double the number of funded heart surgeries. Wouldn’t that be fantastic? This is why we are looking for ladies and gentlemen in the Pudong community who would like to learn from us and organize their own M2M Pudong as an independent event. If this sounds interesting to you please get in touch by scanning the QR code.
“What is your new year’s resolution?” is one of the most commonly asked questions this time of year. I have decided to be “effective”. While searching for how to do this, one day, this sentence caught my eye: “To effectively manage your life, donate 10% of your resources to support charity.” I was impressed to see that supporting a charity actually makes managing our lives more effective! From my own experience I guess it is not about how much you do something, but more about how you devote your resources. Whether you give time or money or something else, you are making something positive and constructive happen in real life and I believe this is one of the ways you effectively manage life.
Today i realized it has already been 1 year and 3 months since we launched the H2H Wechat account. It is delightful to see we have more than 1640 followers already. Thankfully, we also now have more volunteers who are willingly to support the translation of materials into Chinese so we can expand our followers. This will be a great enhancement to our WeChat account for 2020. Please stay tuned for our H2H Wechat account 2020 resolution of being more effective. Together we can make H2H and our WeChat account even greater. Alie Wang, Marketing Manager
Karen has asked me to write a few words about my time with H2H and why I continue to support it from afar….and as you all know, who can say no to Karen! I volunteered with H2H between mid 2011 until January 2016. I sorted donations, knitted the occasional scarf, did office management (much to the amusement of former work colleagues who remembered my desk only too well), helped with shoe drives and coordinated group volunteering. I was fortunate enough to go on a number of field trips and, if you haven’t been on one yet, please go on one. Two of the my most memorable moments were meeting Lu Songfei, the child on the name tag on my Year of the Horse bear and meeting the twins in Anhui province. Their grandparents heard H2H was visiting nearby and brought their twin grandsons, both with heart defects, to meet us and ask for help (which they did get). Meeting the families and seeing the difference that the surgery made to the whole family is why I keep supporting, however small, H2H. I now just need to get a Year of the Ox bear back to the U.K. in 2021 and then all the family will have their own bear!
Featured Heart to Heart Sponsored Child – (Child #1422) He Huiting
Heart to Heart has a lot of cases of special needs children who come from particularly impoverished homes. H2H Child #1422 – He Huiting – is one such child. She is a 3 year old girl from Yunnan province. When she was 2, He Huiting was taken to the state hospital for treatment of pneumonia. She had never been to the doctor before. She was found to have congenital heart disease. The family was poor, however, so they couldn’t do anything about it – nor could they repair her mild cleft lip and palate or her right ear that is not growing properly. All these issues needed surgery, but they were unable to save enough money for any of the surgeries much less all of it. (The heart surgery had to come first.) There are 4 people in her family – her parents, a 10 year old sister and He Huiting. They are of the Li Su ethnic group. They only have one mu of land for growing rice. The mother has a herniated lumbar disc which they can’t afford to fix; she can’t do heavy work. She takes care of the children. The father farms their land and does part-time jobs in his spare time. He earns around RMB 10,000 a year. They owe RMB 100,000 yuan so were not even able to get a loan of any kind to help with the surgeries.
He Huiting was able to have her open heart surgery on December 20 through Heart to Heart. Her parents were thrilled even though it took He Huiting a while to recover and her parents were anxious to get home before the Spring Festival holiday made travel difficult. They made it home, however, with He Huiting, who shouldn’t need any further surgery on her heart. She should be able to function normally. Her mother told us that they have also found organizations who can help her with her cleft lip and palate and then help with her ear. Her mother was very excited about all of it. She wanted to be able to understand He Huiting when she talked and hasn’t been able to so far. The heart was the first step towards getting He Huiting well and communicative …. and her mother expressed over and over how she wanted to thank Heart to Heart and the 2019 H2H Sri Lanka/Finland 4,855 Km Challenge who sponsored her for surgery.
Hello. My name is Ingrid. I am from the Netherlands and have lived in Shanghai with my husband, Dirk, for almost 1.5 years. We have 2 children – a daughter 21 years old and a son 19 years old – both studying in the Netherlands. When I first moved to Shanghai, I joined the SEA to meet new international friends and, of course, do voluntary work for H2H. I like sporting, doing creative things, going out, having nice dinners with friends and family and exploring the city on my bike brought from the Netherlands. Also, I like to show our friends and family the beautiful secrets of Shanghai, a trip they normally wouldn’t make without us being here. I’m also a member of the Dutch association. I have made a lot of new friends through it and it has made living in Shanghai a lot easier.
Last year, I joined my first H2H field trip. That really was an impressive experience. It was nice to see what H2H volunteers do to raise money for surgeries for the sponsored kids and also I got a better insight on how people live outside of Shanghai. I have already signed up for the next field trip in March.
From January on, I will get myself more involved in the sewing group by helping Marie to make it all run even more smoothly. I look forward to a new exciting year where I hope to get to know even more people.
New Knitters Airi Imamura Teng Ning Yuri Uehara Ayako Shimoda Daniela Guerrero
New Events Volunteers Alissa Tatschner Antton Arregui
New Assembly Volunteers Marie Pier Guerin Zhihui Chen Sara Graham Airi Imamura Bonita Frost
New Sponsor David Lu
New Playroom Volunteers Marie Pier Guerin
Mary Hyde Marilyn Yeo
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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 Driving Directions: Longcao Road (between Caoxi Road &Longhua Road) 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 email@example.com.
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).