"Giving hope to others through the spirit of one child"
What We Do
Children's Hospital back pack program
DJ’s Hope’s back packs are filled with items to help families when a child is admitted to a hospital due to an illness through the emergency room. The last thing you have time to worry about is items needed for a short or long stay.
Our back packs supply moms & dads with hygiene products, blanket, t-shirt, puzzle book, snacks and more to get them through until the first few days.
Please consider donating to help us meet the demand from Children hospitals.
DJ's Give Back Initiative
Since the onset of the pandemic many in our communities like the Elderly, Veterans & The Disabled have fallen on harder times with less avenues for help. Our program will bridge that gap by offering the help they need. From help around the yard, minor repairs to picking up items need from a store because many now fear going out themselves or do not have the support in place to do these things on their own.
No one should be isolated in a time of need. If you know a neighbor who could use a little help, please let us know, if you wish to volunteer, please fill out our volunteer form
DJ’s Hope provides food, housing assistance and even financial assistance if needed when people fall on hard times due to illness, disability or economic crisis. DJ’s Hope in most cases can offer gift cards for meals and groceries, travel expenses, along with helping meet any housing needs. This assistance is provided to those who demonstrate a great financial hardship.
A Chance To Play Grant
Many youths have a wish to play sports, but many families lack the resources to pay for youth sports. We have grants available to families that meet our financial requirements K-12. Once approved DJ’s Hope will assist with any registration and associated fees directly to the sports organization, should the grant include any equipment needed DJ’s Hope will order those items for shipping or pick up for the families that received a grant. Families are welcome to apply for up to two sports per year per child.
*We accept donations as well as sports equipment that you no longer need*
Children’s Farewell Fund
The loss of a child is the most devastating experience that parents, and entire families can go through. We are not taught how to deal with such a loss, and those who have not experienced this devastation can never fully understand the gravity of what you feel. When it does happen, though, our families do not have to go through this alone. DJ’s Hope is here to assist them. We are unique from other foundations in that some of our volunteers unfortunately understand exactly what you are going through during this time. To say it is extremely difficult is an understatement, but during these most difficult times, many families find the memorial process not only emotionally draining, but financially as well.
This is where our donors and volunteers can help. DJ’s Hope has created a program that assists families in the event of a child’s passing. We are honored to provide this service to those in need and will be there for you during this entire process. You are not alone!
DJ's Toy Chest
Our Hope chest offers a child facing a hospital stay the opportunity to dig into the toy chest, pick out a favorite toy, and bring it with them to help ease some of the fears they may be experiencing about their upcoming hospital stay or procedure. We take donations of new toys for all ages as well as gently used clothing.
Baskets of Hope
Throughout the year, we deliver food, household supplies, toys, and more to people coping with a sick child or facing financial hardships in troubled times.
The DJ Merriman Scholarship Program
As our organization grows, we will implement a yearly scholarship program. DJ’s Hope awards two High School graduates that have faced a heart defect or childhood cancer a scholarship when they enter a 4-year degree program at a school of their choice.
Thinking of apply for help to one of our programs, each situation is unique. Reach out to us so that we can see which program is right for your situation.