Moms of hospitalized children in DC receive special Mother’s Day gifts

The Hope for Henry Foundation provided gift bags to moms supporting their sick children in the hospital this Mother's Day. (Courtesy the Hope for Henry Foundation)
The Hope for Henry Foundation provided gift bags to moms supporting their sick children in the hospital on Mother’s Day. (Courtesy the Hope for Henry Foundation)

Some moms who have children in the hospital this Mother’s Day got a special breakfast and celebration from a local organization looking to make their stay a little easier.

“I personally spent two and a half years in the hospital with my own son, many years ago. And so I feel like I understand what it’s like on days like today.”

Laurie Strongin started the Hope for Henry Foundation in 2003, after her son died from a genetic disease.

The organization works to improve seriously ill children’s hospital experiences.

“It is really truly an honor to be able to give back to other moms,” Strongin said.

For Mother’s Day, the group provided a catered brunch and gift bags for 16 moms of sick children at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in D.C.

It also delivered more than 30 meals and gifts to Sinai Hospital in Baltimore and approximately 100 more to the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital on Sunday.

The organization partnered with designer Kendra Scott for the gifts to give each mom a necklace.

Strongin said these types of deliveries are important during the coronavirus pandemic as children in the hospital are limited to one caregiver who cannot leave the room for fear of infection.

“It is isolating and scary to be in the hospital generally — during COVID-19 it is exacerbated,” she said.

“That sense of isolation and fear is so extreme right now for parents, so anything that Hope for Henry can do to provide them with support and comfort and care during this very, very stressful time is really critical. And we are doing everything we possibly can to help.”

Hope for Henry plans on doing a similar gift delivery for Father’s Day.

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Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

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