News & Events From the Cooper Foundation
Holiday of Hope
Our Community Partners: Making Holiday Wishes Come True!
Thank you to our Holiday Partners for thinking of Cooper patients and their families this holiday season.
Happy kids heal faster and thanks to our donors’ big hearts and willingness to give back, our youngest patients spending the holidays in the hospital will have toys, games and books to bring comfort and joy to their stay. 
Pictured Above (clockwise): 1. Donations of toys and games from The Dream Foundation to the Child Life Program at Cooper. 2. Staff from Advocare Merchantville Pediatrics made teddy bears at Build-A-Bear for children at Cooper. 3. Dom Guerrini and Andrea Cortland hosted a holiday open house where their generous friends and family brought toys, games, books and more. 4. Toys for Hospitalized Children and their partner The Lesniak Institute for American Leadership gave toys and craft supplies for the Child Life Program. 5. Tracey and Allante Thomas hosted a holiday party where more than 100 friends and family donated car-loads of toys for children of all ages. 
There's Still Time to Give!
You can still spread hope and cheer to children in need by donating a new toy or book to the Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper.

Amazon Wish List - Shop our Amazon Wish list for games, toys and craft supplies for the Johnny M. Playroom at Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper. Check out our Amazon wish list here .

Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive through Dec. 31, 2019 – Visit the Deptford Barnes & Noble at 1553 Almonesson Road to purchase a book that will be donated to their Holiday Book Drive for our pediatric patients.
Recent Events
For the tenth year in a row, employees of Cooper University Health Care came together to help local families in need this holiday season.

Cooper employees “adopted” more than 500 people and generously donated 3,000 toys, 2,000 items of clothing, 120 home and kitchen goods, and 150 gift cards for groceries to fulfill holiday wishes for children and their families.

“Cooper employees go above and beyond to spread joy to our neighbors in need,” stated Susan Bass Levin, President & CEO of The C ooper Foundation. “It’s the season of hope and promise and I am so proud of the Cooper team for supporting this effort.”

Cooper's Adopt-A-Family effort is part of Volunteers of America Delaware Valley's (VOADV) mission to bring joy to hundreds of people experiencing challenges during the holiday season.

“The families receiving gifts provided by Cooper employees were absolutely blown away by your generosity," said Mark Moorhouse, Development and Communications Assistant at VOADV. "So many tears, hugs, and laughs, mostly on your behalf and I was proud to tell them where the gifts came from."
Season of Hope & Healing - Tree Lighting & Snowflake Fundraiser
Thank you to everyone who purchased a snowflake for the 11th Annual Snowflake Fundraiser benefiting the families of trauma patients. The snowflakes, purchased in honor or memory of a loved one, were unveiled at a special event on Dec. 11 and will be on display in the DiFlorio Family Healing Garden throughout December.

Special thanks to Camden’s Creative & Performing Arts High School Choir for providing wonderful musical entertainment.

Click here to view the 2019 Snowflake sponsors.
Click here to view photos from the event.
Women's Board Committee of The Cooper Foundation Hosts Annual Holiday Party for Children
The Women’s Board Committee of The Cooper Foundation hosted its annual holiday party for more than 60 local children and their families.

The festive event featured food, face painting, a magic show, pictures with Santa and toys and gifts for everyone in attendance.

Thank you to the Women’s Board and members of the Cooper Team for making this year’s party a success. Special thanks to Cooper employee, Franchesca Colon, who donated her time and talent as the face painter for the party.

The Women’s Board Committee, now in its 100 th year, is committed to the health and well-being of women and children.

Click here to view more photos from the event.
Donor Spotlight
Pennies for Preemies
Twenty years ago, Melvin Sheppard was born at Cooper, nine weeks premature. Weighing only 2.9 pounds, he spent the first few weeks of his life in Cooper’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. To show his gratitude for the exceptional care he received, Melvin, now a healthy college senior, collects pennies to donate to Cooper’s NICU to help other premature babies like himself.

This year, Melvin collected $ 643.38 – in pennies – and donated them by the bucket-full to Cooper. Since 2006, he has contributed more than $3,500 to Cooper’s NICU.

This year, Melvin’s classmate, Annie DiGuglielmo, also pitched in and donated preemie hats that she knitted for the babies.

“Cooper saved my life, and I’ll never forget that,” said Melvin. “Pennies really add up and this is just a small way I can give back.”
In the News
VIDEO: New Primary Care Office at KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy Helps Families 6 ABC

VIDEO: Cooper donates 1,000 turkeys to Camden residents CW Philly 57

Homegrown Talent Serve as Leaders for Camden Youth – Tap into Camden – Nov. 21 – Key leadership roles in the community that were once held by non-Camden natives are now being led by people who grew up in the city.
Make Your End-Of-Year Gift Go Even Further!

The Cooper Foundation accepts gifts of stocks, bonds or shares in mutual funds which may allow you to make a larger gift than otherwise possible. Also, ask your employer about Matching Gifts that can multiply the impact of your generosity!