Monday, July 22, 2013

Thank you to our Hearts in July sponsors and in-kind donors!

We're grateful for sponsors and in-kind donors who have helped make Hearts in July possible. Because of their generous support, Broken Hearts of Florida will be able to help families in need through its new Home-Away-From-Home Program, designed to help families stay together when they're children are hospitalized.

Broken Hearts of Florida’s Home-Away-From-Home Program is designed to help Big Bend-area families stay with their kids while they’re hospitalized in Gainesville for heart-related reasons. 

Home-Away-From-Home will provide lodging assistance to families in need, freeing them to focus on what is important -- helping their children get better. Free and low-cost housing and lodging options are available in Gainesville, and they work well for families who need to stay in Gainesville longer than 12 or 15 days. But for stays ranging from 2 to 10 days, these options often don’t work out, leaving families to find other, often more expensive accommodations. Many families simply cannot afford this expense, and find themselves sleeping in the hospital’s lobbies or in their cars. Parents of children in the hospital are under enough stress without the compounded strain of wondering where they will stay while away from home.

Money raised at our first, evening fundraiser -- Hearts in July -- will help us launch the program. Go here for more information about Hearts in July.

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