FAMILY NEEDS

Claire’s Army helps families battling childhood cancer by partnering with support professionals at Novant Health: Hemby Children’s Hospital

  • Child Life specialists are trained professionals with experience in helping children and their families overcome a broad range of challenging experiences, particularly those related to healthcare and hospitalization. Claire’s Army communicates with these specialists to help meet families’ needs as they arise through the treatment process.
  • Social Workers interview the parents to gain a comprehensive understanding of their social and economic standing, such as: parents’ current employment status, available health insurance, local extended family support and proximity of the home to the hospital.  The social worker notifies Claire’s Army of any needs that fall into our organization’s capabilities.

HOW WE HELP

CLAIRE PACKAGES – Every new family facing a childhood cancer diagnosis at Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital and Levine Children’s Hospital will receive a Claire Package to make their hospital stay more comfortable. This useful utility tote will contain essentials such as towels, a bath mat, room disinfectant, plastic utensils, dishwashing liquid, a journal, etc. Each of these costs about $150 to prepare.

MEAL PROGRAM – With the generous support of local restaurants and amazing volunteers, we deliver made-to-order meals to every pediatric oncology family staying at Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital – 4 nights per week.  This not only offsets a financial burden for parents but removes another to-do from the long list and fosters family time.

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE – We pay bills on behalf of families who are suffering financially due to rigorous treatment schedules.  These include but are not limited to mortgage/rent payments, utilities, travel needs, and care insurance.  In many cases, one or both parents must stop working to care for their sick child and we hope to eliminate as much stress as possible for these families.

Disclaimer: Claire’s Army does not accept direct requests for assistance.  In an effort to be good stewards of the resources our donors have entrusted to us, Claire’s Army works through hospital oncology social workers and affiliated professionals, who are in the best position to determine eligibility and need on a case by case basis. At this time, Claire’s Army is primarily focused on pediatric cancer families receiving treatment at the St. Jude Affiliate Clinic at Novant Health Hemby’s Children Hospital, where Claire was treated.

SERVE FAMILIES. LOVE KIDS. FIGHT CANCER.

CONTACT US

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ADDRESS

P. O. Box 78571
Charlotte, NC 28271

 

PHONE

704-604-4892

 

EMAIL

info@clairesarmy.org

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In celebration of Claire’s birthday, we stopped by Baked Well this morning to pick up some treats to share with some special friends later. To our sweet surprise these were waiting in the window. 💕 This local bakery 🍰🥧🍡 sponsored our Gala and has stolen our hearts. If you’re anywhere near Matthews today, please say hello to our baker friend Elle and try one or more of these cookies. 🍪 ... See MoreSee Less

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Claire Ratliff (9 years old this Thursday)

4th Grader Elizabeth Lane Elementary. One of the hardest reminders on one of the hardest days that time marches on without our girl.
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We are helping Community Blood Center of the Carolinas and Levine Children's put out an S.O.S. to all local blood donors to Save our Summer! The inaugural Save Our Summer Blood Drive will take place 11 am-7pm Thursday, August 23, in the main conference room of Levine Children's Hospital. Stop by to give on your lunch break, on your way home from work, or when you need a break. Make your appointment today: www.cbcc.us | 1-888-59BLOOD ... See MoreSee Less

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From a Patient's Dad - "Hi lovely Army, we were blessed by your gifts, thank you so much. Today we will be spoiled with lovely food from Claire's Army, hopefully Phil will be able to eat some of it."
We received permission to share these sweet words, which were sent to us after receiving a Claire Package 🎁at Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital and learning about our meal 🥗🌮🥘program. Thank you Army for donating, volunteering your time, and making an impact in the lives of patients and families fighting pediatric cancer. 💛💛💛
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