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Bags of Hope Project

Bags of Hope are white handle bags stamped with the word “hope” that contain 19 single serving non-perishable food items and a Miracle for Mateo brochure that explains the opportunity to apply for funding and support.

A bag of snacks may not seem like much, but when a parent or family member hasn’t eaten in hours and doesn’t want to leave his or her child’s bedside, the Bag of Hope helps. Unfortunately when a child’s health condition is life-threatening, every moment counts, and oftentimes parents don’t want to leave the hospital room to go to the cafeteria to eat a meal – so they don’t. However, parents and family members must maintain their own health, emotional stability and mental clarity in order to be able to advocate for their child.

The brochure inside the Bag of Hope reaches out to the family and lets them know that they are not alone; that other families are journeying and have journeyed along this “roller coaster” of a path. The Paredes Family and their extended family and friends experienced the beautiful life and devastating loss of sweet Baby Mateo, and share their story. However, more importantly, Miracle for Mateo extends their unseen embrace and offers prayer, support and funding – all in a little Bag of Hope.  

The following individually packaged items are needed for our Bags of Hope Project:

* Raisins 
* Mints   
* Nutrigrain Bars
* Peanuts   
* Hot chocolate Packets 
* Oatmeal packets
* Chewing gum  
* Almonds  
* Granola Bars
* Fruit Snacks
  * Apple Sauce cups   
* Bottled Water (small)
* Cookies  
* Chips   
* Mini Boxes of Cereal 
* Pretzels  
* Herbal Tea Bags (must be individually wrapped)
* Yogurt covered raisins
* Other healthy single serving non-perishable food items
Our bimonthly goal is to fill 60 or more bags for the families at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Cardiac ICU/CICU the cardiac step down unit, and 30 or more bags for the families at Nemours A. I. duPont Hospital for Children Cardiac ICU.  Any Bags of Hope created above and beyond our goal are then delivered by Social Workers/Child Life Specialists to families in the NICU and oncology units, or wherever else needed.
If you would like to donate some of the single-serving non-perishables listed above, please contact Miracle for Mateo on Facebook or at  

We donated nearly 200 lbs. of tabs to the Ronald McDonald House of Philadelphia in May 2013.  
Tabs for Mateo Project

As part of our commitment help the Philadelphia and Delaware Ronald McDonald Houses, the Tabs for Mateo Can Tab Collection Project is one of the many ways we can give back. Families who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House are asked to pay a small fee of $15 per night, but it actually costs the Ronald McDonald House much more to house each family. Although it takes over 1,200 can tabs to make a pound, and every pound of can tabs returns about 40 cents, every single can tab adds up and helps to make a difference. In the past, the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House was able to raise approximately $75,000 to pay their electric bill – all in can tabs! The Tabs for Mateo Can Tab Collection Project will help to supplement their expenses, including buying food for their pantry and providing gas for the van, which helps transport families to and from the hospital every day. If you or your work place would like to participate in collecting Tabs for Mateo, feel free to contact us and we can arrange pick up of these tabs. Find Miracle for Mateo on Facebook, at