Tuesday, July 7 9:30 – 12:30 Tuesday, July 14 9:30-12:30 Tuesday, July 21 9:30-12:30 Tuesday, July 28 9:30-12:30 Thursday, July 30 17:30-20:30
Sunday, July 5 Sally Huang Charity Sale Saturday-Sunday, July 11-12 Jing’an Courtyard Festival Each weekend (Saturday-Sunday) starting July 11-12 Green Escape at Anyi Road
2020 Arts for Hearts
t’s almost time to submit art for the 2020 Art for Hearts art show to benefit Heart to Heart. We hope to sponsor many children for heart surgery through the sale of artwork this year, but can only do it if we have many artists participating. So, create a couple of amazing pieces for us and get your artistic friends to do the same. We have professionals and amateurs participating. Work will need to be submitted in August and September. April (WC id: aprilinwonderland) has all the rules so contact her for more details. Help H2H save lives!
Note: If you have original artwork and are moving or no longer want it for some reason, you can submit that as well. We’re received some amazing pieces in the past under such circumstances and would love to get more!
Thank you for supporting Heart to Heart!
又到了为心连心艺术展2020 Art for Hearts捐赠艺术品的时候了。我们希望能用今年艺术展的销售所得资助很多孩子的心脏手术，而这个目标的实现离不开很多艺术家的参与。所以请大家为我们创作一些艺术品，并邀请您的艺术家朋友也加入其中。我们欢迎专业和业余艺术家参与。作品需要在八月和九月提交。April (微信号: aprilinwonderland)那里有参与规则，欢迎联系她。帮助心连心一起挽救生命。
First, we want you to know we care for all of the kids getting their surgeries sponsored, and send our warmest greetings your way.
We sent you some shoes that were hand painted by us, so that you could have shoes with special designs made just for you! No one has shoes like these. They are even water proof! All the shoes are new and have never been worn, and have been made specially for all the kids in the hospital.
A lot of people helped get these new shoes for you by donating money and buying painted bags.
We hope to donate more in the future!
We hope you like the shoes, with much love,
Shanghai JY Group (Sophia, Larissa, Salma, Aeryn, and Teresa)
(From H2H): Thank you Sophia, Larissa, Salma, Aeryn and Teresa. I know that the children who receive your “shoes of love” will wear them proudly. It’s not often that you receive gifts with so much love in them and that are useful at the same time. I know that the children will love them. Thank you for thinking of them during this difficult time in their lives.
亲爱的心连心， 首先，请允许我们对所有得到手术资助的孩子们表示关心，并向贵组织致以最热烈的问候！ 我们为心连心送来一批手工绘制的童鞋，这样孩子们就可以拥有专属设计的鞋子了！而且它们是独一无二的，甚至是防水的。所有的鞋子都是全新的，也是我们特意为住院的孩子们制作，很多慷慨的人们通过捐钱或购买彩绘包来捐助这些新鞋。 我们希望将来能捐更多，也希望你们喜欢这些充满爱的鞋子！ 上海JY集团(Sophia, Larissa, Salma, Aeryn, and Teresa) （来自心连心的回复）：谢谢Sophia, Larissa, Salma, Aeryn, and Teresa！我相信收到“爱的鞋子”的孩子们会自豪地穿上它们。收到的礼物中包含如此多的爱，同时又很实用，这种情况并不常见，我相信孩子们一定会非常喜欢！也感谢您们在他们生活中的艰难时刻给予的关爱。
Help Sew for the Heart Bears!
Since events and bazaars have started back up for Heart to Heart, our sales of heart bears have been on the increase. Although the knitters and seamstresses who volunteer for Heart to Heart in Shanghai are working really hard, they are having a hard time keeping up with demand. If you would like to knit or sew for Heart to Heart, please sign up by scanning our QR code for volunteering at the end of the newsletter and come join the fun. We need you to help so that our heart bears have something to wear and we can sell them at events and thereby sponsor more children for heart surgery. The kids are waiting and we don’t want to disappoint them and their families. Help!
Also, if you are overseas and planning to come back to Shanghai any time soon, please us know by writing firstname.lastname@example.org or Wechat “Karen-H2H”. We’d love for you to bring heart bear outfits or Innocent Drink hats back with you. We have people all over the world trying to help, but we can’t get their creations back at the moment. (It is too expensive to mail them since Heart to Heart has no operating budget.) We will try to link you up with knitters/sewers from your home country that have things to send back. There are literally hundreds of items we’d love to have on this end. For instance, the pictured items are from a H2H sewing group (also pictured at the beginning of the newsletter) in Germany. The new outfits made by volunteers all over the world would really help!
Thank You to Those Donating Things on the H2H Wish List
Last month we listed full-sized toiletries that we really needed to help us create the welcome bags we give each of our sponsored children and families when they come into the hospital. We truly appreciate the response! We have received so many wonderful things to give out when patients check-in. I know the families’ stays will be much more comfortable and less nerve-racking with these items. Thank you to all the individuals, groups, schools and companies who responded. And a special thank you to SUIS Hongquan for the lovely way you sent your donations – in hand painted boxes. We will be using the boxes in our assembly room to store things in the future. It will brighten up the room as well as remind us all of our sponsors’ creativity and generosity.
Also, a current list of what is needed can always be found on our website at www.h2hsh.com.
Every year, Heart to Heart arranges field trips to rural provinces in China to visit our children who previously went through heart surgeries sponsored by Heart to Heart. During the field trips we also donate rural school libraries and sports packages to support the communities. Most volunteers view the trips as highlights of their lives in China. A link to one volunteer’s observations from a field trip to Anhui province several years ago is below. We’ll be going back to Anhui this September 14-17. If you’d like to share in that amazing experience, make a reservation by sending an email to email@example.com or a WeChat to Karen-H2H. We hope to see you then. In the meantime, enjoy the article. https://www.driveontheleft.com/a-trip-to-anhui-province-with-heart-to-heart/
Dear H2H team, Among the few Michèles at H2H, I was called French Michèle or Book Michèle or Michèèèle. I arrived in Shanghai in 2015 and I joined H2H three years later through a field trip as a member from the French partner charity « A Pleines Mains » where I was volunteering as the manager of the sewing section. APM sometimes funds a school library for H2H and that was how I was able to join the trip and discover this amazing organisation. Starting with a field trip was the best idea ever I must say. It showed me on the spot the direct results of H2H actions, seeing the kids healthy and happy back in their homes on the one hand and the many schools that were waiting for us with the libraries and sports equipment they had bought thanks to H2H funds on the other hand. I loved every aspect of that first field trip and went on three more after that until Covid-19 stopped us all … In the meantime, I joined the assembly volunteer group and I have not stopped going to the hospital’s third floor ever since. You would find me packing the school, toys and misc. bags – a teacher cannot be de-labelled that easily (as opposed to the mountains of clothes we sorted for so many months…). I also joined the playroom team for a short while when everyone was away and it needed staffing. Volunteering for H2H allows you to occupy different roles, in a very straight and simple way. I really appreciated this flexibility. I enjoyed the beehive atmosphere of Tuesdays’ mornings and kept being impressed by the huge amount of work that was done every week, in good spirits always. I could observe everybody’s commitment in the many actions and events that were prepared and led by wonderful people of all nationalities. In the end, I ended up joining a quiz team as well, for some more relaxing hours… I would like to make a special thanks to Karen and DJ whose amazing dedication makes H2H’s existence possible in China. I am so glad to have met you and been part of your team, for too short a time though. I thank you for the complete trust, the kind friendship you gave me, and for the good fun! Authentic comradeship along with a meaningful activity is what I found at H2H. I thank all the good friends that I met on my road. I will keep H2H and its people deep in my heart when I am back in France. I wish a long life to this exceptional project.
Heart to Heart’s mission might be a serious one – saving children’s lives through heart surgery, but we love to have fun. On July 17 we’ll be combining the two. We’ll be having a great time playing H2H Bottle Bingo and using the proceeds to pay for a child’s heart surgery. If you don’t know what bottle bingo is, don’t worry. It’s easy and fun. Come and join us! RSVP through the QR code on the poster or if you have trouble with that, tell Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (WC) Karen-H2H and she’ll make the reservation for you. It’s going to be a fantastic evening at Abbey Road.
The H2H Children’s Day was celebrated on May 31st. Due to COVID-19 situation, we didn’t want to risk having our traditional celebration so we decided to cancel all the normal activities and limit it to a gift bag give away. Volunteers came in the morning of the “party” and started to sort and fill bags in the H2H playroom since it was where we would give away the gift bags. The volunteers packed 2 bags and 1 stationary kit for each child. One bag was a backpack filled with a selection of books and toys. The second was a goodie bag filled with toys and snacks. When the children came into the room, it was a special time that was enjoyed by everyone. Without the dedicated volunteers and community support the day would have never happened.
H2H would like to thank everyone who was a part of the day. See you all next year! Kai (Alex) Zou
It’s no secret that 2020 has been a rather strange year for a lot of people in the world, but it has been especially tough on those that are more vulnerable or are going through transitions. As we approach the end of the 2019/20 school year, we can’t help but wonder what our new senior graduates will be doing the next 6 to 12 months. Normally, attending universities and/or traveling around the world seem like the most common choices, however, this year they may not be.
So…what are the options for these young, bright and motivated adults (or for any high school students who will be in Shanghai over the summer)? The best option we can think of is to become a volunteer at a charity organisation, allowing them to not only help those in need, but also expand their knowledge and understanding of their community, learning that any skill can be helpful. And who needs volunteers? Heart to Heart Shanghai!
Heart to Heart is a special fund of Ren De Foundation. We are a Shanghai based charity which provides corrective surgery for Chinese children from all over China with congenital heart disease (CHD) whose parents are unable to afford the surgery. How do we do it, you wonder? Well, we have many different projects and areas dedicated to help raise money to sponsor the surgeries as well as to assist the children and their families, and anyone 15 years old and above can join any of them! For example:
Help sort out all the donations we receive at the Assembly session (generally every Tuesday morning and the last Thursday evening of the month).
Come play with the children currently recovering from the surgery at the Playroom (every day of the year from 2-4pm).
Attend and participate at events to raise money for H2H (please see our website for current and future events taking place).
Knit, sew or crochet some cute & cool outfits for our bears.
Take on some project in your community and/or school to raise money and/or collect donations (clothes, blankets, books, school material, household cleaning products, toys, Shanghai transportation cards, etc.)
H2H is a very friendly group where any skill is welcome and people are assigned to help wherever they feel happy and assist with tasks they enjoy. We guarantee you won’t regret joining us and helping children have a future!
It was a pity, but the Heart to Heart playroom was closed for 4 months during the height of the COVID-19 epidemic in China. Of course, having that much empty space was too tempting to resist so we used it for a storage and work room for the entire time. There was also a small fire in a neighboring room which created lots of black ash and literally tons of water. For a while the playroom was looking pretty terrible. But, DJ and some of the assemblers and playroom crew made it all okay the week before the playroom opened on June 1. It literally took days to get it back in shape. But now, with the help of liters of disinfectant provided by Marsh (China) Insurance Brokers and some good old fashioned, back-breaking work, it’s beautiful again. In fact, the children who celebrated Children’s Day in it and the kids who have used it every day since then, never knew that it was any different. To them it’s still the beautiful, wonderland that they see as the playroom.
Come volunteer in the playroom. It’s open daily from 2-4. We need volunteers to help the children discover the wonder of toys, art, reading and the love of “strangers”.
Sponsoring a Child for Surgery Through Heart Bear Sales
We all love heart bears! Did you know that the purchase of only 166 heart bears at RMB 200 each will fully sponsor a child for surgery? This is great news for companies or schools that want to give out something meaningful to students/ teachers/employees/clients and at the same time help Heart to Heart. The heart bears you receive can be a mixture of our different personally designed and made outfits or you can order specific colors and add we can add your logo or other advertising. We’ll work with you to make your purchase significant for you while at the same time it is significant for the child who receives help. Of course, any number of bears can be ordered…. we’ll just need time to prepare them. Contact email@example.com or (WeChat) Karen-H2H if you have questions or would like to place an order.
Give heart bears as gifts and help fund a child for heart surgery!
Featured H2H Sponsored Child of the Month – Cai Xiaoran (H2H Child #1634)
A riddle for you – What do petroleum engineers, chili and a 3 year old Chinese girl from Henan province have in common? Normally – nothing. At Heart to Heart though they have everything in common. Every year the SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers – most of whom live in south China) hold an amazing Chili Cookoff. It’s huge and they do it for H2H each year. It must be delicious chili because at the end of 2019 they raised enough to sponsor little Cai Xiaoran for open heart surgery. When she was 2 months old, Cai Xiaoran was taken to Shangqiu People’s Hospital since she was ill. When the doctor checked her heart, he recognized that she had a murmur. She was given a detailed heart check and diagnosed with ASD. She had very poor resistance and was constantly sick. Her family had not been able to afford the surgery she needed. There are four people in the family – parents, an 11 year old sister and Cai Xiaoran. The mother looks after the children at home. Because Cai Xiaoran was ill, her father couldn’t go out for migrant work since she constantly had to get medical care. He did odd jobs near his home and had a monthly income of around RMB 15,000 per year. The family owed more than 30,000 yuan. They couldn’t get a loan for the surgery.
The 2019 SPE Chili Cookoff saved the day. Cai Xiaoran was able to have her open heart surgery on June 1. She came through it really well and only spent 2 days in ICU. On June 9 some members of the SPE were able to have a video call with her and her mother. And by June 11 Cai Xiaoran and her mother left the hospital. The prognosis for little Cai Xiaoran is great. She will have a checkup in about 6 months and it is thought that at that time she will be able to be taken off all heart medication and go on to live a normal life – free from any problems associated with her heart defect.
We truly appreciate the SPE! Keep cooking and having fun. You’re saving some precious lives through your actions and generosity.
The WISS Parents Association (PA) is an extension of WISS (Western International School of Shanghai) that aims to support and implement the WISS IB Mission and Core Values to the greater community. We believe in a learning community that involves the entire family where we feel home away from home. We are One WISS! Raising funds for charity is an important part of the WISS Parent Community’s mission. In 2018 it was unanimously voted that our funds would be donated to the Rende Foundation special fund “Heart to Heart Shanghai” to support corrective heart surgery for children. This choice has touched everybody’s heart. To date, the WISS PA has funded more than 4 heart surgeries. The surgeries not only changed life for these children and their families, but are also an accomplishment we are very proud of. It has been an eye opener for each and every one of us to witness the results of the unconditional commitment from everybody in our community no matter how small.
Traditionally our PA also organizes something special to show our appreciation to WISS teachers and staff whom we are incredibly grateful to, for their tremendous commitment, dedication and hard work. This year, the circumstances did not allow us, parents, to be on campus to show our gratitude. As part of a caring and compassionate community we found it important, in times of hardship, to also reach out to people in need. For those reasons the WISS Parents Association chose to use our funds to make a donation to Heart to Heart on their behalf. A donation in the name of every single WISS teacher and staff was made to contribute towards children’s life-saving open heart surgeries. As a result, each teacher and staff member received a heart bear as a humble token symbolizing the union of hearts in our community.
The reactions and feedbacks were overwhelming to receive. All recipients were enchanted by: “Such a special gift of appreciation xxxx” , “A heart-felt gift” and “An opportunity to live and an opportunity to love!” We felt it was meaningful to hand out all the heart bears through the big fluffy WISS bear. The spontaneous reaction was the urge to have a hug from the bear, a feeling generously enticed by the “Heart to Heart” bears. Some everlasting thoughts come to mind from the recipients: “Caring community, compassionate spirt”, “I would so much rather get a gift like this that goes to charity…” and “Thank you so much…Genius!”
From the bottom of our hearts we wish to thank “Heart to Heart” for making all of this possible: from donating to receiving ends, you are nurturing a chain of greatness!
Hello everyone! My name is Nancy Kong and I am from China. I work in Shanghai Yoda Cardio-thoracic Hospital and have been a faithful H2H volunteer since 2012.
H2H has been the best charity I am involved with so far. I have learned a lot of living skills here. H2H gave me my first sewing lesson and I also learned knitting and crocheting because of H2H. Now my friends and I have already finished over 300 hats for the new H2H Innocent Drinks project and we are still working on it.
I have met so many nice people in H2H. You won’t believe how amazing the H2H volunteers are until you get to know them. H2H has been a really nice place to volunteer with volunteers from all over the world. Even though people have different skin colors and speak different languages, they work for the same purpose——to save children with congenital heart disease from underprivileged families in China. Many volunteers still volunteer for H2H after they’ve left Shanghai. And so many volunteers become good friends because of H2H too.
At H2H I am the on-line project manager. I create projects on-line to promote H2H and collect donations. People can either donate through the web link or a simple QR code no matter where you are. Through our on-line platform, you can also choose to do a monthly donation which means you can set up a certain amount you wish to donate and then that amount will be donated (automatically by WeChat) to H2H every month until you stop it. It is very easy to make the donation and I would like to offer my help if you need it. Just ask us how through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last but not least, it is H2H Shanghai’s 17th birthday this month. I hope there will be hundreds more birthdays to celebrate. It is an amazing place to volunteer and I hope more and more people will come and help.
New Playroom Volunteers Jenny Hubbard Cristina Buron Pust Khudeja S. Lili Zhou Nancy Xu Sue Heine Vermeer Xie
New Knitting and Sewing Volunteers Caroline Lawrence Celine Cao Ella Liu Jade Xia Siyuan Ren
New Assembly Volunteers Jane Yu Manuela Angius Kate Bayles Machelle Robbins Sharon McElhibbey Thomas Sewell Sharon McElhinney
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With your support over 1,648 children, 146 libraries and 9 school sports equipment package have been sponsored!
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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).