Tuesday, January 7 9:30-12:30 Tuesday, January 14 9:30-12:30 Tuesday, January 21 9:30-12:30 Tuesday, January 28 9:30-12:30 Thursday, January 30 17:30-20:30
No January Events as of now
An Amazing Year!
Every year that Heart to Heart is able to save even one child’s life through heart surgery is a great year. By that measure 2019 was an AMAZING year – by far our best year ever! In 2018 we sponsored 159 children for heart surgery which was around a 20% increase over any year before. In 2019 it seemed like we were working really hard. I couldn’t figure it out – We had a great team in place and everyone was doing their fair share, but the work seemed relentless. Then I started looking at what was happening. Oh my! Heart to Heart was able to sponsor 238 surgeries in 2019 – a 50% increase! We also dedicated 16 more rural school libraries and 9 new rural school sports packages. It’s staggering that we were able to achieve that AND provide all the services to our sponsored families that we do — donated goods to help them with their stay in the hospital, meal assistance at the hospital, care and love in the playroom, etc. The love and commitment to our families from Heart to Heart is something none of them will ever forget. Coupled with the heart surgery, they will never look at life the same again. So, it wasn’t really a 50% increase in work, it was a 50% increase in love and devotion to people who really needed and appreciated it.
Each and every one of you associated with H2H in ANY capacity should be extremely proud of what we’ve achieved. Our goals couldn’t have been reached without your work, commitment, and donations. You may not think you’ve done a lot, but you make it all happen. It takes all of us working together. So ….. Thank you to all our sponsors! Your generosity is humbling. Nothing H2H does could happen at all without donations coming in! And a big thank you to our teams – admin, assembly, events, finance team, group volunteering, knitting team, management, marketing, newsletter, on-line projects, photography, playroom, project management, school liaison, sewing, sponsorship and video. It’s your love and commitment that makes it all happen. And a huge thanks to Yoda Hospital, Nancy Kong and Wang Lin! You are our unsung heroes! And, of course, none of this could happen without Joyce and Warm at Rende Foundation! We have the best volunteers – from all over the world and from all walks of life! Thank you for doing all of this with no thoughts of pay or reimbursement. Thank you for the love you show our sponsored children and families without thought of personal gain. Your dedication to the goals of Heart to Heart is inspiring.
I hope all of you will continue to contribute in some way to H2H in 2020. Let’s make the Year of the Rat another amazing year for the children of China! Happy New Year!
Dear H2H team. When I arrived in Shanghai in February 2015, I found a German knitting group which knitted sweaters for teddy bears. That sounded good for me. But I asked myself why are they knitting sweaters for teddy bears? Now I know… I really enjoyed knitting sweaters, sewing nice dresses, preparing the orders, and last but not least selling the bears at markets. All the collected money gave children a new life. I saw their recovery after their heart surgeries. Later I visited the children and families in their villages during field trips. These were very special and emotional moments for me. I hope, that H2H will continue this welfare project to save future children’s lives. It was my great pleasure to support H2H. You all do an outstanding job! Wilge Wedel – Back to Germany in December 2019
I have been in Shanghai since 2014 and soon after discovering my new home town, I looked for a meaningful activity. My way led me to H2H, where I found wonderful people, who like to devote their time and help people in need. After going to the assembly on Tuesdays I realized, the bears have fabulous knitted outfits in a huge variety, but no sewn clothes. Meanwhile came in an order of 500 bathrobes which led to an idea to set up a sewing group. This was the kick-off! Since then, passionate volunteers have cut, sewn and assembled for 3 years making outfits according to seasons. A huge thank you to all, who made it possible. Marie will be leading the group from now on. I am happy to hand over the project to her.
In December I’m going back to Germany. I know that in Germany there are people who are supporting H2H as well. I’m looking forward to keeping in touch. It’s time for me to say goodbye, but I want to add: Keep on going! Stefanie Sauer, December 2019
The St Andrew’s Ball is an important date for all supporters of the British Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and for anyone of British descent that likes to have a great night out. The ball was held this year at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in the Jinmao Tower on a miserable cold, damp winter’s night. But Scots have a reputation for fun and rowdiness and they didn’t disappoint. From the outset they were intent on creating fun and getting to know as many people as possible. They had a photo booth complete with sheep and Scottish Terriers and were more than happy to take some warming whiskey shots on arrival. Between entrée and main course, there was the ceremony of cutting the Haggis with the chef. They even had a Scottish Band “Whisky Kiss” fly over just for the night and they kept the crowd jumping, especially after a beautiful rendition of their much-loved national anthem.
Heart to Heart (H2H) was the very special guest of the St Andrew’s Ball 2019. The British Chamber Outreach Committee, led by Howard Whiteson, selected H2H as the sole beneficiary. From the British Chamber’s generosity earlier in the year, 6 children were able to have their much-needed corrective surgery from H2H. Therese Burke attended on behalf of H2H and was asked to present the H2H mission to 350 very loud and jolly guests. The work of H2H speaks for itself, however, and the room was mesmerised by our video detailing all the aspects of the many things we do under H2H. Howard then successfully got the crowd going and the support that opened up for H2H was overwhelming. As well as selling out of Christmas bears, the guests generously donated enough cash to sponsor more than another full sponsorship and many new volunteers were also recruited. All in all, it was a very successful night! H2H is incredibly grateful for the generosity and support of the outreach committee of The British Chamber of Commerce, as we continue to save lives and change futures with their help.
Children Helping ChildrenIt was an unlikely scene for an art auction, but Xiaobo’s children’s art studio had just that at the end of November. Children and parents were seated together reviewing the lovely hand-painted silk scarves that the children and Xiaobo had painted to sell for Heart to Heart. I have to say that the scarves far exceeded my expectations; they were beautiful, fanciful and just plain fun! Xiaobo is working with a talented bunch of kids. I even ended up bidding (and winning) one myself. Children helping children is a beautiful thing – lots of pocket money changed hands. Many children outbid each other to get their favorites. And in the end, the children raised RMB 13,000 for Heart to Heart. Thank you Xiaobo and your lovely art students! H2H Child #1576 Zhang Shenyu has been able to have his surgery because of your efforts.
H2H Welcomes DeltaHealth Hospital into the H2H Family
Helping children get the heart surgery they need for congenital heart disease is H2H’s mission. Our reach was officially expanded this month with our first surgery being performed by Dr. Sun at DeltaHealth in Minhang. It’s an amazing, beautiful new hospital that is an unlikely setting for underprivileged children to have their heart surgeries, but DeltaHealth is committed to helping. Our first little patient was 5 year old Shen Jinming from Jilin province. After birth Shen Jinming’s face was always blue. When he was 3 days old, his parents took him to a hospital in Jilin to be checked. They were told that Shen Jinming’s condition was extremely complex and they weren’t able to operate. The parents then took him to Beijing Anzhen Hospital. Fortunately, they were able to perform Shen Jinming’s first surgery and he was much better afterwards. His family consists of 7 people – grandparents (the mother’s parents), parents, a 33 year old aunt, a 13 year old sister and Shen Jinming. They make their living by farming. Shen Jinming’s first surgery used up all their savings and they are still in debt now. They couldn’t get a loan big enough to pay for the second surgery that he needed. Shen Jinming’s condition was critical when he came to Shanghai and he needed to have the surgery asap. His diagnosis: Pulmonary Atresia; Post bi-directional Glenn Shunt; tricuspid dysplasia; ASD; PDA. Our Mom to Mom team came to the rescue with a donation from one of their famous sales. Thank you Mom to Mom!!!! Shen Jinming (H2H Child #1545) was able to have his second surgery on December 10 at DeltaHealth. Lana from Mom to Mom and I visited him shortly afterwards. He is doing well. He’s still in the hospital now, but hopes to go home before the Spring Festival holiday. We look forward to working more closely with Victoria and the doctors / administrators at DeltaHealth in the future!
It started with a bear from the ‘Odd Squad’ – four heart bears that couldn’t be sold because of missing or wrong parts. Two one-eyed bears nicknamed Cyclops 1 and Cyclops 2, a three-legged, one armed bear called Tripod and finally a one-eared bear playfully called Vincent Van Gogh. I adopted these bears and took them home. Not sure why, just thought maybe they could be dressed some day in a way that would celebrate their specialness. Then there was the first Art for Hearts show and I jokingly offered to dress Vincent and see if anyone would want to buy him. Offer accepted. Now how to dress the cute, but still only one-eared bear? I looked at pictures of Vincent Van Gogh and his paintings, and was struck by two things – his instantly recognisable sunflower paintings and a self portrait of him in a hat.
Now just merge the two… So my career as an art forger began. And the ultimate result? A bear we couldn’t sell because of a defect raised 2,800rmb at auction. A nice start to the funding of a child’s heart operation.
Move on to the 2020 Art for Hearts show. A request came for another ‘artist’ heart bear. But which artist to choose? I decided I wanted a female artist this time, Frida Khalo was an early possibility, but then I remembered a fantastically colourful Japanese artist whose work I had actually seen, Yayoi Kasuma. Maybe her name doesn’t ring a bell, but you may have seen some of her work…
And so a second heart artist bear was born…
Cheers! Helen Anderson, Knitting Manager Heart to Heart
Featured Volunteer: Mei Kang
Hi, everyone! I’m Mei, from Xi’an, China. I came to Shanghai in 1999 and lived in Wuxi and Chengdu for a few years in the past 20 years. I used to work in HR and Admin Management in European companies. Now I am a full-time mother. While taking care of my two children and family, I also hope to do something meaningful.
The first time I became involved in charity works was two years ago in Chengdu. I joined an international volunteer organization called “Hopeful Hearts”, which helps children from low-income families to pay for congenital heart disease surgery. We organized activities to raise funds for children’s operation fees, visited children in hospitals, and cooperated with local communities and schools to help raise public awareness. It always a big relief to see the children leave the hospital and return to their hometown in good health. In February 2019, because my family moved back to Shanghai, I couldn’t continue working there but only maintain the WeChat public platform. Leaving that team made me feel really sad and lost.
In September 2019, by chance, I got to know Heart to Heart (H2H) and met Karen in the children’s playroom of Shanghai Yoda Cardio Thoracic Hospital. I became a part of this big team and have worked in assembly, knitting, the playroom, events, marketing, etc ever since. Therefore, I have had the honor to meet many volunteers from different countries. Their enthusiasm for H2H touched me a lot. No matter the ages of the volunteers, I deeply feel their sense of responsibility for charity.
December is the end of a year and also my birthday month. When I moved back to Shanghai at the beginning of this year, one of my personal goals was to find something I was interested in and enthusiastic about, and could reflect my personal value. Now I can say this wish is realized. It is also the best 45th birthday present I could give myself. Two years of volunteer experiences enabled me to find something that I can dedicate to the rest of my life. Besides learning new skills and knowing people from different countries, it also helps children from poor families regain their lives while working happily. I’m deeply grateful to have met Heart to Heart and Karen and am looking forward to more wonderful experiences in 2020!
New Events Team Volunteers Yannan Fei Bonita Frost
New Playroom Volunteers Dhanya Varughese Eva Yu Fei Yin Kwan Flora Zhang Rodolfo Ziegele Jennifer Hua Qing Ye
New Assembler Volunteers
Judy Lam Amy Hsu
New Management Team Volunteers Weidong Song
New Weekday Visitor Regina Probst
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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 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).