Volunteers are creating thousands of Hearts of Hope gifts in an effort to offer hope to healthcare workers and others at the front line of the Coronavirus crisis. A worldwide movement of compassion, Hearts of Hope has responded to national and international tragedies since 9/11 as well as to hospitals, grief centers, and the military worldwide.
“Our hand-painted hearts are symbols of compassion, caring and hope during this difficult time,” said Hearts of Hope founder Judy Pedersen. “They are a gift from one heart to the heart of another, and are as transformational for the painter as they are for the recipient. Since the start of this pandemic, we have been fortunate to have received two very generous grants which have offered families an opportunity to create these meaningful gifts for all our selfless front line workers.”
Susan Cialone Macheska of Pine Brook, and her daughter Lindsay, painted more than two dozen of the hearts.
Hearts of Hope are being delivered upon request to hospitals and healthcare organizations, including as of April 13, 2020:
- Chilton Memorial Hospital, Pequannock, NJ
- Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, NJ
- St. Barnabas Hospital, Livingston, NJ
- Saint Clare’s Hospital, Denville, NJ
- Keck Medicine of University of Southern CA, Los Angeles, CA
- Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport, CT
- St.Vincent’s Hospital Bridgeport CT
- Danbury Hospital, Danbury, CT
- Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
- The Lutheran Home and Rehab, Southbury CT
- Northeast Medical Group, Trumbull, CT
- Waterbury Hospital, Waterbury, CT
- Englewood Hospital, Englewood, NJ
- St. Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ
- Valley Hospital Oncology, Paramus, NJ
- New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY
- Putnam Hospital Center, Carmel, NY
- Lowcountry Hematology and Oncology, Mount Pleasant, SC
Volunteers follow all department of health guidelines, and either ship boxes or drop them off at pre-designated safe locations.
“We receive permission from healthcare centers prior to delivery and only deliver when we are advised someone is ready and waiting to receive them,” said Pedersen.
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About Hearts of Hope Foundation, Inc.
Hearts of Hope has gifted more than 125,000 hand-made gifts worldwide to people in cancer centers, hospitals, communities, and the military. The organization has responded to every national tragedy since 9/11. Six Hearts of Hope chapters are located in five states with volunteers in 17 others. The Hearts of Hope Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation. For more information, visit www.ourheartsofhope.org.
For more information or to request information about Hearts of Hope services, please call 973-224-6900 or email email@example.com.
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