Chelsea Cares, Inc.

Comforting children one blanket at a time

About Chelsea Cares

On December 20, 2006 Eric and Suzanne Mayes and their 3-year son Ryan were blessed with the newest addition to their family, Chelsea Anne Mayes.  Chelsea was a beautiful, healthy blessing to the family and we could not have been happier with our early Christmas present. 

Within 2 weeks, Chelsea became sick with a severe cold.  On January 9th, after Chelsea’s 2nd visit to the pediatrician’s office, she was sent to Akron Children’s Hospital via emergency ambulance.

Shortly after arriving at the hospital, Chelsea went into septic shock and was placed on life support with more tubes then one could possibly imagine.  After close to a week on life support she was diagnosed with Adenovirus.  This virus is a severe cold in healthy children and adults, but can be a deadly virus in newborns or others with deficient immune systems. 

We would sit at her bedside watching her and wishing we could trade places with her.  She was only three weeks old, and she should have been at home, not in the hospital.  It is hard to explain how much it meant to us when one of the nurses brought in a cheerful, soft, blanket to brighten Chelsea’s sterile, white, hospital room.  It represented normal life, a sense of home, and comfort.  It really touched our hearts and lifted our spirits.  After 3 weeks at Akron Children’s Hospital, Chelsea was able to once again come home.

Little did we know at the time that this would be the beginning of what has become Chelsea Cares Inc., a wonderful charitable organization with a mission of providing sick children and their famillies with comfort and security during a very scary time. 

During Chelsea’s stay, we overheard the nurses discussing that their supply of blankets was low.  It saddened us to think that other children would not be able to receive the same comfort that Chelsea did.  It then became our mission to supply Akron Children's Hospital with enough blankets so that each child can receive one.  Thus, Chelsea Cares, Inc. was formed to fulfill this mission.

To date, Chelsea Cares has donated over 5,000 blankets and 3,400 pillowcases to Akron Children’s Hospital. 

Fundraising Success

The 4th annual fundraiser for Chelsea Cares was the most successful yet.  The weather was beautiful and the money raised far surpassed prior years.  In total over $12,000 was raised which is only slighly below the prior 3 years combined donations. 

We thank all that continue to donate both their money, time and talents in making blankets that comfort the sick children in the PICU at Akron Childrens Hospital.

We couldn't do it with out all our generous friends and families. 


Waite Elementary Kids to Get Into Spirit of Giving

4th and 5th grade classes at Waite Elementary made blankets, Dec 19, 2012 to donate to the sick children at Akron Children's Hospital in care of Chelsea Cares.  Chelsea Cares, Inc; a 501c(3)non-profit organization based in Medina, Oh, will be donating the materials and guidance to the boys and girls with a delivery date of Thursday December 22nd, just in time for the Holidays. 

If you, your organization or classroom are interesting in making blankets for the sick children of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) please contact Chelsea Cares at chelseacares1@hotmail for more information.

Chelsea and Chelsea Cares Honored

Chelsea, and Chelsea Cares, Inc. was honored by Akron Children's Hospital when Chelsea was selected to light the Children's Tree at the Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 3, 2010.    

On the top right, Chelsea poses with Akron Children's President & CEO Bill Considine.  Bottom right, Chelsea and Suzanne get ready to light the tree.  Below Chelsea poses in front of the Children's Tree just outside of Akron Children's.



         3rd Annual Chelsea Cares Fundraiser

 The 3rd annual Chelsea Cares Fundraiser held at Boyert's Farm was another sucess raising over $4,000 for the non-profit charity.  100% of the donations collected will go directly to the purchasing of fabric for blankets and pillowcases. 





Chelsea Cares, Inc. becomes 501 (c)(3)

Through the generosity of so many of you, Chelsea Cares, Inc. has become a tax exempt public charity, 501 (c)(3).  With this approval as a public chairty, your donations to Chelsea Cares, Inc. may be tax deductible!  Please consult your accountant regarding your tax deductions.

As you may recall, Chelsea Cares, Inc. was founded in 2008 with a mission to provide blankets and comfort to sick children in the  Akron Children's Hospital. To date, Chelsea Cares has donated over 2100 blankets and 1,400 pillowcases to Children's Hospital.

 Thank you so much for all of your support.

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