Zachary’s Mission is a non-profit organization that supports families of medically fragile children by providing necessities, financial assistance, and programs that nurture emotional well-being.
They work in partnership with hospital staff and care coordinators at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, The Children’s Home and Lemieux Family Center, West Penn Hospital NICU, and The Children’s Institute to identify families who would benefit from the most recognizable initiative; Zack Packs.
These are valuable bags “packed” with items beyond the hospital staples including conditioner, gas cards, and the Rob Vince “must” notepad and pen. “Journaling at Zack’s bedside helped me deal with what was happening, and in turn it helps others.”
This summer, the YaJagoff Porch Tour hit a record-high of entries to hit porches for a philanthropic party. Six hosts helped gather two full carloads of items, gift cards, and money for Zachary’s Mission. We brought the podcast guests, music, Ernie Ricci’s Sausage, Mancini’s bread and YaJagoff beer, thanks to North Country Brewing, and hosts collected items for Zack Packs. In addition, and thanks to our partners and friends, hosts received Pierogi Festival tickets, Kennywood tickets, Heinz History Center passes, and goodies from Mary Mac Bakehouse.
Porch #1: While the Bellinger’s set the tone for a rainy porch tour run, they also set the bar for food, fun and items collected. Where Ya At? Ben Avon
Porch #2: Gable’s Table with Kym Gable and company was all about the importance of philanthropic work like Kym’s KDKA segment ‘On a Positive Note,’ as well as their collection of items and money for Zachary’s Mission. Where Ya At? Bethel Park
Porch #3 You could get the wrath of Glath if you didn’t check out the Amazon link Amy provided to donate to Zachary’s Mission. Where Ya At? West View
Porch #4 Sharin’ the Ricks with Sally Wiggin and gang found us at an amazing log cabin. We struck gold on the guests, and ZM struck gold thanks to the Ricks and friends’ donations. Where Ya At? Ross Township (with a photo bomber)
Porch #5 Holla at the Shola’s who rep’d Greensburg native Mike V who penned part of ‘Mony Mony’ and has had his share of hospital happenings. Like ZM, he appreciates people’s generosity and prayers. Where Ya at? Hempfield Township
Porch #6 The Merry Widows collected money to donate to Zachary’s Mission as their contribution to families. Each lady experienced the loss of her husband, and it is important for each of them to give back. Where Ya at? Ross Township