Deloitte Impact Day with Harboring Hearts

June 9, 2017 – A team of dedicated Deloitte employees ditched their computers for crafts to provide joy and hope for the pediatric heart patients at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore.

Together, 40 care packages were created containing spy bottles, potted plants, picture frames with individualized names and more! Kids and their family members were excited to receive their care packages. And most importantly, this event would not have been a success without the generosity from the Deloitte Team. Thank you so much to our dedicated volunteers as well as the staff and families at Montefiore for making this day possible!

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NYP Spy Party 2017

Tuesday May 9th, 2017 was a day of fun at New York Presbyterian Hospital. The Harboring Hearts team celebrated the pediatric heart patients by partnering with @nyphospital to have a Spy Party where the children were greeted by the friendly mystery solver, Blues Clues.

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Each child received a Harboring Hearts tote bag containing several gifts as well as the souvenirs they created with us. The kids made I spy bottles, binoculars, and even custom secret agent badges.

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We are so grateful to NYP’s cardiac care community,  our volunteers, and the wonderful families that came out and made the day so special!

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Jean Velarde Hope 4 Hearts Day

Harboring Hearts closed out the month of March with a Hope 4 Hearts Day honoring Jean Velarde and his family.

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Jean and his family were picked up from their house and taken to the Highline where they were met by the Harboring Hearts team for a photo shoot to remember this wonderful day. They then enjoyed a fantastic dinner at Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse near Madison Square Garden.

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To end the day they watched the New York Nets and the Miami Heat battle it out during an NBA game at Madison Square Garden. We spoke to Jean’s wife, Jackie, and she exclaimed,”We had so much fun. My son loved it, Thank you so much.” It was so great to hear that we could plan a great day for this wonderful family.

 

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If you’re an organization that wants to become a partner and donate services for our Hope 4 Hearts Day program, please email info@harboringhearts.org

NYP Galaxy Party

On March 7th 2017 Harboring Hearts partnered with @nyphospital to create a fun Galaxy Party for pediatric heart patients.

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We had Michael Butler keeping the party going with some kid friendly tunes. Also, Buzz Lightyear from CLOWNS kept the kids entertained with his dance moves.

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There were games, arts & crafts, and some heart healthy snacks donated by Stop & Shop (Wheatley Plaza) for the kids to indulge in. Each child received a Harboring Hearts tote they could fill with all the crafts they created like the out of this world galaxy bottle and the straw rocket. It was a fun day for all involved.

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We want to thank everyone who was a part of making this day as special as it was.

 

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H4H with Nelson Sandoval

Wednesday January 25th was a great day spent celebrating Nelson Sandoval and his family. They began their day at the One world observatory where they were met by the Harboring Hearts team.

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The experience started off as an elevator ride that opened up at the top of the building to portray the breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline. The family then enjoyed a delicious lunch at the top surrounded by floor to ceiling windows.Nelson and his family were then treated to front row seats at the Cirque du Soleil. It was a big hit, as Nelson’s father stated “The kids really loved the show.” They ended their day strolling around Times Square, taking in the whole experience.

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We gave the family a call the next day and Nelson Sr. exclaimed “That was a wonderful day – everyone was happy!” It was a great honor being able to create a fun day personalized for this wonderful family.

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H4H with Angel Class

Harboring Hearts established Hope 4 Hearts Day (H4H) last spring as a source for families to receive high quality personalized attention and experience activities of their choice. The program is catered towards one recovered heart patient and their family every month. We aim to provide a day of hope and inspiration to heart patients as 65% of patients experience some form of depression post surgery. If you’re an organization interested in donating and collaborating for our upcoming H4H Days, please email info@harboringhearts.org.

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Harboring Hearts was introduced to Angel Class through his social worker from Mount Sinai, and upon learning more about him we knew H4H was a perfect fit! Angel and his cousin Dorcas were treated like superstars on Wednesday October 12th, 2016 with a packed day of fun adventures in the heart of NYC.

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Angel and Dorcas began their day with a car service from their home to Central Park Zoo, where they were welcomed by the Harboring Hearts team. The group set out to see the creatures in the zoo including sleeping bears, and exotic birds flying indoors amongst many other animals. Afterwards, the duo had lunch at the infamous Sardi’s in the Theater District where Angel last ate 20 years prior and had very fond memories of it.

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We saved the best for the last by providing Angel and Dorcas front row seats to The Lion King broadway show, which Angel specially requested from his wish-list. We spoke to Angel at the end of that week, and he was overwhelmed with how happy and appreciative he was for his H4H day. He described the day as feeling “like the Rockefellers”, and it put a spark in him that he hasn’t felt in years. Angel said “I didn’t think people like you guys existed anymore”, and we are overjoyed by his experience!

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H4H with Daquain Jenkins

On Tuesday September 13th, Harboring Hearts hosted the September Hope 4 Hearts Day (H4H) with Daquain Jenkins and his family in New York City. Daquain has become a close friend of Harboring Hearts since his time as a heart transplant patient at Mount Sinai Hospital. Learn more about Daquain’s inspiring story here.

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The Jenkins family began their personalized day of adventure with a picnic at Central Park, where they took in the city’s landscape from the upper east side. Afterwards, Daquain took his children to visit Mount Sinai Hospital to meet the team of physicians and nurses that took good care of him during his medical treatment. Following the hospital visit, the family went to Central Park Zoo and finished the day watching a movie in Times Square. Before heading home the family enjoyed eating pizza as Daquain says, “they wanted a taste of the infamous New York slice.”

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We are so happy to hear the day was “everything we could have imagined and even more”, as Daquain described his family’s experience. We aim to continue H4H with the ability to provide recovered heart patients with a day of adventure and opportunity to celebrate their health by bonding with loved ones in their lives.

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For all of the pictures from this very fun day, visir Flickr. Want to hear more inspirational stories like Daquain’s? LIKE us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter!

If you’re an organization that wants to become a partner and donate services for our Hope 4 Hearts Day program, please email info@harboringhearts.org

H4H with Zion Reese & Family

Harboring Hearts’ “Hope 4 Hearts Day” (H4H) for August featured Zion Reese, and his family. Zion is now a healthy eight year old boy, and the personalized day symbolized his ability to overcome hardships with positivity and the community’s support.

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We were first introduced to Zion in 2014 when he was six years old and undergoing a heart transplant. Harboring Hearts learned about the family’s financial hardships, and were able to provide assistance at their most critical time of need. Learn more about our connection to Zion and his family by reading his inspiring story.

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For his H4H day, Zion requested to visit Coney Island and have lunch on the boardwalk as that area held a very special memory in his childhood. Zion said while he underwent treatment, he was eager to get healthy and come back to play at Coney Island.

The family arrived to New York City the night prior to Zion’s H4H day because the family lives outside of the tristate area. Zion’s H4H day began with a car service to Coney Island where the family enjoyed many rides at Luna Park. Followed by the roller coaster adventures, the Reese family ate lunch on the boardwalk just as Zion wished for and then enjoyed a sunny day at the beach. Towards the end of the day, the family visited the Brooklyn Aquarium at the end of the boardwalk and saw many sea creatures inside. Zion’s mom, KareemoKeisha, expressed her thoughts on the H4H program stating, “I greatly appreciate that Harboring Hearts was able to put a smile on Zion’s face.”

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For all of the pictures from this very fun day, visit Flickr. Want to hear more inspirational stories like Zion’s? LIKE us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter!

If you’re an organization that wants to become a partner and donate services for our Hope 4 Hearts Day program, please email info@harboringhearts.org

Safari Heart Party at NYP!

On Tuesday August 9th, Harboring Hearts hosted a “Safari Heart Party” Community Event at New York-Presbyterian Hospital for pediatric patients.

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We hosted four arts and crafts activities, provided delicious healthy snacks and juices, had an animal scavenger hunt, and much more for kids and caregivers to enjoy! We had six volunteers participate at the event, who led the arts and crafts activities including face painting, making animal masks, painting sea creatures, and putting together an animal face puzzle! As children played, they drank juice from Red Jacket Orchard and cookies from Bitsy’s Brainfood and Enjoy Life.

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As a special surprise, Alex the lion from Madagascar made a visit to spend time with the kids. Michael sang the latest pop songs to keep the kids dancing to live music. The Harboring Hearts team made 18 room deliveries to provide kids with personalized care packages which included educational and creative activities for them to enjoy in their rooms. With 50 attendees at the event, we had a lot of fun and are looking forward to coming back soon!

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A big shout-out to the New York-Presbyterian team for contributing to the success and happiness of another event, to the volunteers who made kids smile, and our partners for their food donations!

To become a partner and donate healthy snacks for our upcoming events, please email info@harboringhearts.org

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H4H with Camille & Ahmya

On Wednesday July 27th, 2016 the Harboring Hearts team visited Camille Singleton in her home in New Jersey. Camille’s 1 year old daughter, Ahmya holds a special connection to the Harboring Hearts team, and therefore it was a natural fit to hold a Hope 4 Hearts Day for the family.

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We were first introduced to the family when Ahmya was only a few months old undergoing cardiac procedures and receiving hospital care treatment in NYC. Camille reached out to Harboring Hearts about her story, and since then the duo have become family to us. We are very proud and grateful to share the news that Ahmya is very healthy, and in the best spirits for keeping her parents happy!

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In order to personalize the day for the family, we did our first at home services for them! Both mother and daughter received their very own hour long massages from specialists. Camille received a therapeutic massage from masseuse Sarah Bellino, while Ahmya’s specialist was from Zeel. Additionally, Camille had a fun mani-pedi pampering session from ManiCare. The family was provided care packages for basic baby necessities for Ahmya, and healthy snacks and home essentials for Camille.

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Hope 4 Hearts Day is a newly established program that aims to provide a day of personalized attention and activities for one heart patient and their family every month. We aim to provide a day of hope and inspiration to heart patients as 65% of patients experience some form of depression post surgery. If you’re an organization interested in donating tickets or services for our upcoming H4H, please email info@harboringhearts.org

 
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