Mattie Miracle's 9th Annual Post Halloween Candy Drive was a huge success. We are deeply grateful to all of our candy contributors who are comprised of individuals, 38 schools, and 47 community groups and businesses.
This year, 18,000 pounds of candy was donated to Mattie Miracle. Thanks to our volunteers, this candy was inspected, sorted by type into Ziploc bags to preserve the candy for our recipients, and delivered throughout Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The candy is intended to provide a sweet treat to family members caring for children with cancer. Specifically, a good portion of this candy is used to stock our two Mattie Miracle Snack and Item Carts. One Cart is located at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC and the second Cart is at Children's Hospital at Sinai in Baltimore, MD.
This Drive provides a year's worth of candy for our Carts. The Carts are pushed three times a week in the in-patient units of the Hospitals and offer free candy, nutritional snacks, drinks, and toiletry items to families. Families are deeply appreciative to receive these basic items because it is very difficult to leave their children's bedside to try to meet their daily needs.
There were 18 Recipients of Mattie Miracle Candy this year:
1. MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
2. Ronald McDonald House
3. HSC Pediatric Center
4. Children's National Medical Center
5. Covenant House
6. Sasha Bruce
1. Children’s Hospital at Sinai, Baltimore
2. Hackerman Patz House, Baltimore
3. Ronald McDonald House, Baltimore
4. Children's Inn at NIH, Bethesda
5. Nourish Now, Rockville
6. St. Ann's Center for Children, Youth, and Family, Hyattsville
1. Ronald McDonald House, Falls Church
2. Special Love for Children with Cancer, Winchester
3. Pediatric Specialists of Northern Virginia (PSV), Falls Church
4. Embry Rucker Community Shelter, Reston
5. Cornerstones, Reston
6. United Community Ministries, Alexandria