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Zachary’s Mission, a non-profit organization, supports families of medically fragile children by providing basic necessities, financial support and programs that nurture emotional well-being.

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 our volunteers for making the Baby's First Gifts so special. Amy Myers made the adorable tutus with matching headbands. Diane Kun knitted the wonderfully soft chenille hats for the preemie boys and Peace Love and Paisley made beautiful hats to match the leg warmers! Each of you did an amazing job and we are so grateful.

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    We were so excited to have WTAE join us this afternoon while we dropped off Baby's First Valentine's Day Gifts at The Children's Home and Lemieux Family Center.
  • We were so excited to have WTAE join us this afternoon while we dropped off Baby's First Valentine's Day Gifts at The Children's Home and Lemieux Family Center.

  • Our Baby's First Program started 3 years ago in the Heart Institute at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. We are thrilled that this special program will be extending to families outside of the Heart Institute just in time for Valentine's Day, Congenital Heart Awareness Day. Special Thank you to board members Jessica Cooper and Sherry Ott for making this possible.

    Baby's First - Zachary's Mission
    Baby’s First Gift There is nothing normal about being in the hospital with your baby and it is especially difficult during the holidays. Hospital families often feel isolated during this time and the thought of celebrating any holiday is the furthest thing from their minds. The goal of Zachary’s Mis…


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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