What your donations do for families in need:

  • Provides $5000 Funeral Assistance to families enduring the unimaginable.
  • Provides Financial Assistance with necessary bills (rent/mortgage payments, household bills, car payments, etc) up to $1600 per bill.

  • Purchases necessary household items: refrigerators, mattresses, bedding, pots and pans, phone, laundry detergent, gas cards, and grocery cards for families with financial needs.
  • Donates Smile Bags throughout the year to children at Cardinal Glennon, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Mercy Kids, and Wings Palliative/Hospice Care Program.

  • Fulfills Small Gift Requests/Experiences for Children on Hospice Care.
  • Provides Financial Assistance to families during the holidays with Adopt-A-Family.
  • Spreads Endless Smiles during dark days allowing families to feel needed support.

Your dedication, commitment, and support is what makes Gwendolyn’s Gifts mission thrive: to provide emotional support and financial support to families of children on palliative and hospice care in the St. Louis region and surrounding areas.

To Fellow Families of Children with a Life Threatening Illness: We pray you find relief in knowing we truly understand the devastation associated with these journeys; including the emotional, physical, and financial stresses. This charity was designed to bring awareness, compassion, support, and a moment of sunshine during dark days.

To obtain an application for assistance, please email erin@gwendolynsgifts.org.


“I just saw your story on KSDK and it caught my eye because we received one of your gift bags in September from the BJC Wings hospice team.  Our Maverick was born with a fatal genetic abnormality and we had him for 31 wonderful days from 8/22/18 – 9/23/18. The day he was called home was September 23rd; your sweet Gwendolyn’s birthday. That day will always have a special part in our life but I will now think of your daughter and your family’s sweet generosity on that day as well.  While Maverick was here, we celebrated each week as a birthday and I loved hearing about how you are celebrating her birthdays, paying it forward, and bringing cheer to families dealing with illnesses. The cards in the gift bag were so uplifting and the quotes about superheroes were perfect. But really, most importantly, I wanted to thank you and tell you that your gift bags touched our hearts and it was very much appreciated.”

– Melanie / mother of Maverick

“I just wanted to personally thank you for the birthday mission you had.  Last week, we were delivered one of the September Smile bags! We love our superhero cape.  The cards were so fun from all the kids. Thank you for having such a big heart!”

– Ashly / mother of Elias