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November 17, 2023 - December 15, 2023

Bags of Hope 2023

Help Us Spread Hope at Hospitals this Holiday Season

Bags of Hope recipient

We know that spending time in the hospital can be difficult for patients and their families, especially during the holidays. With the help of supporters like you, we can deliver unexpected joy by gifting Bags of Hope—care packages full of items handpicked to spread holiday cheer.

Our mission behind the bags is to brighten patients’ days, offer hope and encouragement, and remind them they are not alone in their treatment and recovery journeys.

Bags of Hope has become an annual team tradition inspired by an experience our executive director, Kelly L. Green, had in 2011 when her mom received a surprise care package while hospitalized on Christmas Day. Moved by this small gesture’s impact on her family, Kelly opted to pay it forward and hasn’t stopped since.

Now, each year around the holidays, the Help Hope Live staff volunteer to purchase, assemble, and deliver Bags of Hope to patients at local hospitals to replicate the unexpected joy Kelly and her mom felt that day.

Last year, we delivered bags to patients at Magee Rehab Hospital and the heart failure and kidney transplant units at Penn Medicine.

With your help, we can extend this offering to more hospitals this holiday season and throughout the year!

Colorful Bags of Hope bags are on a two-level rolling silver cart, ready for delivery.

How You Can Help

We’ve created an Amazon Wish List to make it easy for you to participate. You can now purchase items and have them delivered directly to Help Hope Live!

Items received by Friday, December 15, will be included in this year’s holiday drop-offs. Any items received after this date will be saved for future Bags of Hope deliveries.