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Zachary’s Mission is committed to supporting families of critically ill children with their immediate needs.  We provide family support – from toiletry kits (Zack Packs) for hospital stays, to financial assistance to help cover day-to-day, non-care expenses. By providing these services, we help to lessen the burden of families with critically ill children and enable them to focus on what is most important, the care of their child.

Based in the greater Pittsburgh area, we are providing assistance to those families in need right now and you can help too.

Read more about Zachary and how his legacy is spreading hope, one family at a time!


  • We would like to thank the generous corporate sponsors of our
    4th Annual Zachary's Mission Gala
    Master Lee Enterprises
    West Penn Hospital Foundation
    The CHF:Alec James Kahler Memorial Fund
    Smail Auto Group
    PPG Industries
    There is still time to purchase your tickets if you would like to join us for this wonderful event! Purchase on line now or request a mailed invitation at

    Gala | Zachary's Mission
  • We would like to thank the Sebring Family for their generous donation of Zack Pack supplies and $10,600.00 to support our current programming. The Sebring Family started Project Hope after losing their son Tyler to a congenital heart defect 10 years ago. They have decided to close the doors of Project Hope and move to the next chapter in their lives. We are truly honored that they have chosen to pass the torch to Zachary's Mission and for Zachary's Mission to be the recipient of their 10 years of hard work. Thank you❤

  • Thank you to Brownie Troop 26683 at Maxwell Elementary for filling 50 Zack Packs for families at Children's Hospital! There is a lot of work that goes into filling the bags. The girls and their parents did an amazing job making it all happen. They not only filled the bags but thoughtfully donated new books to be included. We dropped them off at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh yesterday to be distributed to the families. Thank you for helping us to make a difference!


Family Stories

"We just wanted to take the time to say thank you. We received your backpack on the first night of our hospital journey. I have to say it really came in handy because I didn’t have anything to shower with and my fiancé hadn’t had food since early that morning. Thank you!"

"I have a family that I have been working with here at Children’s since the day I started in this unit. They are a very lovely family that is unfortunately in a very sad situation. This family was able to benefit from meal vouchers from Zachary’s mission. The family is extremely grateful and wanted me to share their gratitude with you. The support that you provide through your gifts is appreciated and helpful in so many ways. Thank you."

"We received a gas card from your foundation when our twins were in the NICU at West Penn. Just wanted to say Thank You!! You have a wonderful organization and I am in the process of trying to get a fundraiser setup at my work. I hope to get some funds over to you so you are able to help more families in their time of need! God Bless you all!"

"I received one of the Zach packs from the social worker at childrens hospital. I am a mom of triplet girls and they have never been home. my life is the hospital.... I want to thank you for doing this awesome work on behalf of your son. It is people like you that make people like me smile and have hope and comfort. God Bless you."

"Hello. My daughter was a patient at the West Penn NICU in 2013. During her stay we received a Zack Pack stuffed with toiletries, treats and so many thoughtful personal items that made pacing the halls of the hospital much more comfortable. During her stay, I was very emotional and stressed I couldn't remember what day it was let alone remember to pack a bag for the hospital. She just celebrated her first birthday. We still use our Zack Pack to get her to and from daycare."

"Words cannot express how much your services mean to us, your Zach Packs and gas cards have assisted many of our families. “

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