As spring disappears and summer slowly creeps up on us, we are finally getting back to work. COVID-19 shut down our sorting and organizing for a while and now we need to step it up. Luckily, regulations are relaxing so on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons we are happy to host up to 12 volunteers for group volunteering. We were lucky to host our first group volunteering session of the Year of the Rat on April 28; in that session we were joined by a great team from Be Kind. We spent several hours delabeling donated clothing and the group learned more about how they can contribute to H2H. Their purchases and donations will help us sponsor more children in the future.
If you and your work or school mates would like to help Heart to Heart through group volunteering, please contact us by sending an email to Bev at email@example.com. We would be happy to sign you up for a session.
Goodbye Note from Christina Nestler
Dear Karen and Volunteers,
It’s unbelievable how a virus can change our lives and how plans become obsolete. It is really a pity and I am shocked, but Corona has had an unforeseen impact on my life. Unfortunately, I am not able to come back to Shanghai for living and volunteering for Heart to Heart. I have to stay in Germany and accept new challenges in my private life as well as in business.
Thank You to Karen, DJ (“love is love is love is love” ;-)) and Nancy. You are the engine and spirit of Heart to Heart. I am very grateful for being a part of your organisation for nearly two years and all the friendships I have made. I also want to say Thank You to all of the volunteers for enriching my life in every moment with Heart to Heart during assembly, knitting or at any event! It was always a pleasure and great fun to work in a team like yours with a lot of international, interesting and dedicated people.
You are all doing an outstanding job!
I hope the activities of Heart to Heart will soon get back to normal. Furthermore, I wish you all the best for your future and Heart to Heart many successful surgeries, happy families and generous sponsors. Hopefully I will meet you again on a field trip.
Come and join Heart to Heart, get involved and be a volunteer!
Christina from Germany (from the events set up team)
Events are finally back up again and our beautiful bears have awoken from hibernation! It was our pleasure to join Shanghai Expatriate Association (SEA) on Monday, May 11, for their coffee morning where new and old friends gathered to catch up and mingle. In support of our mission at H2H, SEA auctioned off our wonderfully knitted Year of the Rat Bear in an exciting raffle. SEA was able to donate RMB 5,600 for the bear to Heart to Heart to help sponsor a child for heart surgery. And the winner was more than pleased to take the heart bear home. After speaking with some of the SEA members, it was heartwarming to find that many are sponsoring children through H2H and visiting them at the hospital – one member has sponsored up to 10 children! What a great turnout for our first event after COVID-19 with many more to come. Together, we are making a difference. Sign up for the events team and join the fun. Let’s keep going!
COVID-19 has had a huge impact on Heart to Heart. No, none of our sponsored children nor patients in the hospital have contracted it. Once funded, children are still coming into the hospital and getting the surgeries they need to survive. But, since donations are way down in the wake of COVID-19, Heart to Heart has very few full-sized toiletries or other necessities to put in the children’s / families’ welcome bags. I know it doesn’t sound all that bad, but remember that these are families who come to the hospital with nothing and have to live on nothing in the hospital rooms for weeks on end. We want to make their stays in the hospital as comfortable as possible since the time is extremely stressful for them anyway with their children having heart surgery. So, if you have the means, please help us with obtaining some of the things we need:
Hand towels and wash cloths
Blankets for single beds
Liquid and bar soap
Donated goods for the children and their families can be sent to Heart to Heart at our Yoda Hospital address at the end of the newsletter. Just use “Karen 13916295852” as the contact if you send it by courier.
Of course if you’d like to donate towards a child’s surgery, that is ALWAYS appreciated. Just contact Karen on WeChat (Karen-H2H) or mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’d like to donate. 新冠疫情对上海心连心带来了巨大的影响。但是，不要误会，我们资助的孩子和医院的病人都没有感染过。 一旦得到资助金，孩子们仍然进入医院，接受他们生存所需的手术。 但是，由于捐赠物资随着新冠爆发之后已经减少了非常多，我们用于发放给患儿及家属的洗浴用品及其他日常生活必需品库存已经几乎用完。 我知道这听起来并不算那么糟糕，但请记住，这些家庭一无所有地来到医院，不得不艰难维持连续数周在病房里生活。 我们希望让他们在医院呆得尽可能舒适，他们的孩子都做了心脏手术，时间越长对他们压力越大。 所以，如果你有意愿或渠道，请帮助我们获得一些我们需要的物品：
Our good friend from Z Wang T-shirts has made Heart to Heart Shanghai his official charity beneficiary in his new online shop. The first of the t-shirts he is offering to benefit H2H has a QR code on it that scans to say “STAY AWESOME”. He will soon add more t-shirt styles and colors (they already come in any size) – the proceeds from which will go to H2H when you order them. I just got myself one and it was really easy. (If you can’t read or type your address in Chinese, however, you might have a friend with you when you scan the QR code so that you can get a little help. Otherwise, they are really easy to order.) There are also t-shirts from many of our supporters on the site so you can order from them too. Some benefit H2H as well. Stay Awesome and sponsor H2H!
我们来自Z Wang T恤的好朋友决定把上海心连心列为他新开张的在线商城的正式慈善受益伙伴。T恤上会印有一个二维码，扫描二维码会显示”STAY AWESOME” (真棒）。之后会有更多款式和颜色的T恤，销售所得会捐给心连心。我已经订购了一件，非常方便。如果你不会写中文地址，或许可以在使用二维码时请朋友帮助。我们也有很多合作机构的T恤出售，您可以直接订购。其中一些也会将销售收入捐给心连心。支持心连心，真棒。
Message from the Knitting Team
Heart to Heart always needs knitters and we don’t care where you are knitting from. We give a big thanks to Karen Fakesch who just knitted 103 gorgeous sweaters in Germany. Now we just have to get them to Shanghai so our heart bears can wear them. Thanks Karen!
We just had a shipment of heart bears wearing sewn dresses go to Beijing to help with a company’s Children’s Day celebration. As a result, we are almost out of sewn dresses. Many of our seamstresses are out of the country at the moment so we’re trying to find new people to join our sewing team members who are currently working hard to keep up since bazaars are back and we’re selling bears. So if you’re interested in cutting, sewing or other tasks associated with the H2H sewing team, please let us know. We can use you! Come meet some lovely ladies and support our efforts to make some stylish summer dresses for our heart bears. Just scan the volunteering application and apply today!
Donate Your Old Transportation Cardsto Heart to Heart
With everyone using their phones to pay for transportation these days, transportation cards are almost a thing of the past. In addition, there are always many people moving out of Shanghai who have no future use for their cards. Wondering how to put them to good use? Heart to Heart would love for you to donate yours to us. We can cash them in and put the money towards heart surgeries. We’d love to do it. There should be enough of them out there to pay for multiple surgeries. Tell your friends and families! So, if you have one, two, three …. please give them to us.
Contact us through WeChat at “Karen-H2H” or on email at email@example.com.
In June Heart to Heart Shanghai will celebrate our 17th birthday. That means that for 17 years we have done our best to help Chinese children who couldn’t afford heart surgery get the surgeries they needed. To date we’ve done 1,635+ life-savings surgeries. The surgeries definitely changed the lives of the children who had them, but they positively impacted their families and villages as well. We’ve seen the positive changes in the families again and again when we made trips to see them after surgeries. It’s just amazing what the kindness of strangers can do.
We’d like to continue to help children and their families in 2020. Due to the global impact of COVID-19, however, our mission to raise funds to help children obtain surgeries has become even more difficult. We truly understand why donations are down, but hope that some of you who haven’t been as hard hit by the situation will remember that the H2H children still need heart surgeries; their congenital defects won’t wait for COVID-19 to go away. Thus, we hope you’ll remember to donate to H2H with whatever means you have at your disposal – little or big. Every RMB helps! There are numerous ways to donate no matter where you are in the world (Wechat, Alipay, wire transfer, PayPal, credit card, cash). Just contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by WeChat at “Karen-H2H” if you need information on how to help.
Featured H2H Children of the Month – A Famiy Affair
In the past Heart to Heart has done surgeries on many sets of identical twins. This year, however, we had a rare case where the second of two sisters from the same family – Luo Meina (H2H Child #1609) was sponsored for surgery. In February 2019 Qi Xuan (H2H Child #1355), a 4 year old from a farming family in Jiangsu province, had her open heart surgery for her complex CHD condition after a bout of pneumonia almost killed her. She was partially sponsored by one of our long-time sponsors Fortune Kindergarten – Hongqiao. While she was in the hospital, her family had her older sister (8 years old) tested for heart problems since she had also always seemed to experience problems and was ill often. Sure enough, Luo Meina was found to have TOF and needed surgery as well. The family was overwhelmed by the decisions they faced and the monetary problems they had. They decided to put Luo Meina’s surgery off for a year – until Qi Xuan had recovered. A year passed and Qi Xuan thrived. The parents decided that it was time that they try to get Luo Meina the surgery she needed as well. Unfortunately, they were still in debit and were once again unable to get a loan. They remembered that Heart to Heart had said we would help them and applied for Luo Meina to have her open heart surgery. Naturally, the application was accepted. And, miraculously, just to keep it in the family, Fortune Kindergarten Yaohao came forward to be her sponsor. Luo Meina had her surgery in April of this year. She and her little sister are now both back at home and doing well. Their family is thrilled and so thankful to Heart to Heart and to Fortune Kindergartens. Some day we hope to visit the family in Jiangsu province and take representatives from the two Fortune Kindergartens with us so that the whole “family” can be together and celebrate life as it should be.
After raising and launching 3 boys in Minnesota, USA, my husband and I thought we would settle into a quieter lifestyle of work, reading, cooking and visiting family. Instead, in the spring of 2017, we jumped at an opportunity to move to Shanghai. Rich had traveled to Asia for work for many years, but I moved to China without ever even visiting.
I got involved in H2H shortly after arriving in Shanghai. I happened to sit at Karen’s beginners table at Brits Abroad mahjong and she told me all about H2H. Volunteering at the hospital appealed to me because it combines my love of volunteering with a love for helping children in need. I started to come to assembly and then joined the sewing team. I was able to sew many dresses as I have a sewing machine at my apartment. I have also participated in and very much enjoyed 2 field trips to the countryside to visit sponsored children and dedicate school libraries. Although the trips involved a lot of time on the bus, the camaraderie. was delightful.
I am also very active in a Shanghai Expat Organization. I get to meet and help people who have just moved to Shanghai get adjusted to life in the big city and get involved in whatever way they might be interested in. I love seeing many of the people that I have told about H2H come to assembly and get involved.
Last fall, we had the honor of sponsoring a child’s heart surgery. It was so fun to go to the hospital and see our sponsored child and meet his family. Sponsoring a child was our way of “paying it forward”. Our youngest son went through a life-threatening illness at age 13. Having access to excellent health care and having good insurance was so important to our family during that time. We were able to concentrate on supporting him and not worry about medical bills. Thankfully, he is 26 years old now and very healthy.
Last month we were notified that H2H was partially reimbursed for the surgery we sponsored last fall. The reimbursed money was used for another child’s surgery in April. We were so pleased to hear that our sponsorship helped save a second child’s life.
In December 2019, Rich’s employer asked us if we would be willing to stay in Shanghai for 2 more years. We accepted, but before I could return to China from Christmas break, the Covid-19 pandemic hit. We are both currently at home in Minnesota waiting for the chance to return to Shanghai. Hopefully, that will be soon. I miss all the activities, wonderful people and volunteering opportunities that Shanghai has to offer.
I am Zamira Khalid. l was born in Tajikistan. My husband and l moved to China 2011 so we’ve lived here for 10 years. I like this country not solely because it’s very developed and modern, but because the history and culture fascinates me a lot. Moreover, Chinese people are open-hearted and soft. Looking at them you want to do something good and help. One day l was shopping at Zara. The line was pretty long. There was a one lady standing next to me. It was Ann Carey. We had a conversation and she asked me if l worked somewhere. My answer was “ no “ because l was a housewife . She told me about Heart to Heart and said that if I wanted to come to the hospital to help, it would be great. Of course l couldn’t ignore it because my country isn’t a really rich country. I went through a lot of troubles like:poverty, disease and sadness. I always say that we should be positive and hope for the best. I am very familiar with the feeling of not only these children, but their parents as well. They’re going through emotional,and physical pain. Parents of these children also need support and l should admit they are very strong people. When l saw the children in the hospital my heart was broken. Now I can’t stop helping. I am a grandmother with 7 grandchildren. l don’t want any children to be in the hospital sick or to be unhappy. I want a good, healthy life for children. I am very thankful to Ann Carey for telling me about H2H. Because of her, l can help vulnerable children. We can all help them. Volunteer!
New Knitting and Sewing Volunteers Jill Dong Yanjie Wu
New Assembly Volunteers
Andrea Lamieri Caroline Lawrence Carlos Chan Christine Held Colette Senger Elizabeth Chang Grace Teofilo Jeanne Bell Khudeja S. Kristin Louise Nelson Lena Hsu Lidel Freeman Michelle-Marr Le Roux Nancy Xu Piper Freeman Sandy Ng Sara Laudani Willen Johanne Le Roux Zongwen Fang
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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).