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NEW!!!  TVP Buddy Masks

Introducing TVP Buddy Masks!
You can now purchase a pair of masks. TVP Buddy Masks provide adorable Matching Masks- one for you and one for your special buddy (Teddy Bear, favorite stuffed animal, doll, etc).   These adorable masks are handsewn with love put into each stitch. You can purchase with a purpose and know that your dollars are making a difference.  Your purchase helps provide services for children affected by pediatric cancer/chronic illness. All proceeds benefit The Valentine Project Kids.

The Valentine Project’s Response to COVID-19

As an organization that focuses on spreading love, hope, and joy our work has become crucial as the coronavirus and the fear it brings spread rapidly. Masks are desperately needed for the children we serve who are among the most vulnerable and must travel to hospitals for life-saving treatment.  Kindness Cards send a message of hope to children during this time of isolation. We ask you to support The Valentine Project by becoming a Kindness Card Partner, sewing masks, purchasing masks through our Wear One → Share One program, or making a financial donation.

In order to address current COVID-19 needs we have implemented two new programs:

  • Operation Spread Love Not Germs – TVP provides masks to children/families affected by pediatric cancer or chronic illness.
  • Wear One → Share One – This program is open to anyone who would like to buy a mask and support TVP. For each mask purchased, a mask is donated to a child in need.

Learn how to become a Marvelous Masks Maker and why wearing a mask is so important right now!

At The Valentine Project, we know that a serious childhood illness can turn an entire family’s life upside down. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a scary time for all of us, but just imagine being told that if your child became infected with COVID-19, they would not survive. For the families we serve, there is no need to imagine— this is their reality.
Staying at home is tedious for some, but the families we serve do not have the option of being “bored at home.” They are forced to face hospitals, the hotbeds of COVID-19, to receive lifesaving treatments. We seek to arm children who are fighting serious illness with a weapon backed by scientific evidence: a face mask. Research shows that face masks can slow the transmission of the coronavirus. You can help shield these brave children by participating in our Wear One –> Share One program. First, purchase a mask for yourself, so that you will not spread the infection to others— this is important because even people with no symptoms can spread the virus. Then, we will donate a mask to children on your behalf. In times of uncertainty, our common humanity is revealed in how we treat the most vulnerable among us. Participate in caring for the most vulnerable by buying a mask today. Just click here Wear One –> Share One. Annie wears her mask to protect you. Won’t you do the same for her? If you are able to sew, please become a Marvelous Masks Maker and make masks for The Valentine Project to provide to children who need them in order to stay safe.  The Valentine Project has partnered with Jen Reviews ( where you can find information about patterns and how to sew masks.

Check out some press about The Valentine Project’s Covid-19 relief efforts!


About The Valentine Project

The Valentine Project is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that works to support children from birth to 21 years whose lives are affected by cancer or chronic illness. The volunteer-driven organization sends one-of-a-kind Valentine Gift Boxes filled with love, hope, and joy across the miles to kids in Ohio and the greater San Francisco Bay area.

This year, more than 900 children will receive a Gift Box from The Valentine Project, created by volunteers from around the world.

The Valentine Project was founded by siblings Gregory and Michaela Margida to cultivate compassion for these children. They discovered that dealing with these diagnoses can be especially lonely for patients and siblings alike, and Valentine’s Day – a day that focuses on love – often highlights that loneliness.

At The Valentine Project, our goal is for all children whose lives are affected by cancer or chronic illness to feel special and loved each Valentine’s Day, and to cultivate compassion year-round through offering volunteer opportunities that bring out the love and kindness in us all.

Together, we can make the world a kinder place, where all people feel loved and valued.

Meet our Team

Meet our Team

Co-Founder • San Francisco Area Director
  Gregory co-founded The Valentine Project in 2010 while he was still in high school in Alliance, Ohio. Gregory met Karlie Plas at a camp for kids
President & CEO • Board Member
  Andrea is The Valentine Project’s president, but perhaps just as important, she is Michaela and Gregory’s mom.
  Michaela, along with her brother Gregory, co-founded The Valentine Project in 2010 to help ease the isolation cancer patients and their siblings feel on Valentine’s Day.

Our Partners

Hospital Beneficiaries