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Zachary’s Mission, a non-profit organization, supports families of medically fragile children by providing basic necessities, financial assistance, 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!


Thank you to Olivino’s General Contracting and Jo-Lynn Pizzaria for their Jingle Jar donation. They put an empty jar out in January and were able to collect $706.00 in spare change. We are so grateful! The jar pictured is the very first Jingle Jar ever donated. #JingleJar #ShareYourHeart

A little story about our beginning......

In December of 2007, Robert and Patricia Vince were given an
empty jar and the book Christmas Jars, by Jason Wright. A wonderful book about helping others as well as paying good deeds forward....

Zachary was born June 2008. Unfortunately, Christmas of 2008 his parents found themselves without their son but with two jars full of change. Through the help of healthcare workers at Children's Hospital, they were able to help two families that endured hardships with their long-term hospital stay and Zachary's Mission was formed. Zachary Hunter Vince's short life inspired his parents to do something for others to honor his memory. This simple jar influenced how that would be done. The Jingle Jar Drive is now a continuous fundraiser that anyone can do at any time to help families with medically fragile children and to celebrate the beginning of Zachary's Mission. ❤️
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We finished our last delivery of the year to families who are in the hospital with a sick child. Along with Zack Packs and the usual financial assistance, we will also help fill a few wish lists and pay utility bills so that families who have been juggling work, home life and hospital life can breath a little easier this holiday season. We thank you for believing in our mission and for sharing your heart with these families. #ZackPacks #Family #Gratitude #ShareYourHeart ... See MoreSee Less

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❤️ We love hearing how much our Zack Packs, full of creature comforts, help families while in the hospital. #ShareYourHeart

"Hello my name is XXXXXX. While we were at Pittsburgh Children's Hospital we received one of the back packs your organization makes . Our Daughter's name is XXXXXXXXX. She has Lennox Gastaut Syndrome, Tuberous Sclerosis Complex and Epilepsy. With all of our trips in and out of the hospital with our little one who is almost 2 years old, the back pack has seen its better days. It helps me out a lot being able to have one because of the way it is made. I have tried many other back packs and they do not compare to this one and they don't hold up as well . If someone could please contact me back either by email or regular mail about how I can obtain another Zack pack I would greatly appreciate it .Again I cannot thank you enough !!!!!!
Your organization is beyond helpful to all of us parents who spend a lot of our time in and out of the hospital with our kiddos."
#ZackPacks #Family #LittleRedJournal
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Zachary's Mission added 39 new photos — with Lori Pevarnik and 9 others.
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It is always fun to see pictures from the Sharing Heart Gala. That is possible thanks to Mark Simpson Photography! We thank him and his beautiful wife for capturing the feel of the evening. #ZMGala #ShareYourHeart #Family ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you Kelly Frey Luhn for making our Sharing Heart Gala extra special. This is the 7th year that she has emceed our event. The enthusiasm that she has for the event and the empathy that she feels for the families we support is admirable and contagious. Thank you for sharing your heart Kelly Frey WTAE and making a difference for families of medically fragile children. #ZMGala #Family #Firecracker ... See MoreSee Less

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“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.”

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