Hugs Pillow Program

Dumbarton Ladies 11 jun11

The pillow crafters


Community volunteers who reside at Dunbarton, a 55+ Active Adult Community in Bristow, VA, cut and sew heart-shaped, pocketed pillows which are then filled with age-appropriate items by Assistance League of Northern Virginia members. Members distribute these huggable pillows to help comfort sick children and those undergoing medical procedures at the Inova Cares Clinic for Children which serves low-income families.   Pillows are also donated to the children's section of the Ewing Forensic Assessment and Consultation Team (FACT) at Inova Fairfax Hospital to help distract young victims of sexual assault and abuse from the traumatic situation they have experienced. 

During the 2015-2016 year, Assistance League of Northern Virginia donated 754 heart-shaped pillows to comfort these young patients, as well as those in the Pediatric Clinic, Since 1999, a total of 9,204 pillows have been distributed. 

For additional information you may contact us at or email our Coordinators Kathy Jackson at and Karen Craft at . 

Dunbarton Helping Hands Ladies Recognized


The Ladies of Dunbarton

The Assistance League of Northern Virginia recognized the ladies of the Helping Hands Group of Dunbarton on August 20, 2014.  

These delightful ladies have been working in collaboration with our chapter since 2005 to sew the heart-shaped pillows that we stuff with Beanie Babies and other small items. The group also collects Beanie Babies, and some members knit baby hats, and baby afghans which they also generously donate. All of these items are delivered by our chapter to the sick children at the Inova Cares Clinic for Children and those at the children's section of the Ewing Forensic Assessment and Consulation Team (FACT) at Inova Fairfax Hospital  The items provide comfort and diversion for these young patients who are undergoing medical examinations and treatment, sometimes after traumatic events.

We give a big thank you to these ladies who continue to demonstrate their caring for the youngest members of our community.

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