It just wasn’t safe to stay anymore. Her son needed a heart transplant. She was recovering from breast cancer surgery. And the flood waters in her Little Ferry home kept rising.
Already besieged by incredible hardship, the Gambini family found themselves homeless, shuffling to shelters and staying with any friend willing to house them. They needed to lug highly sensitive medicine wherever they went. Their car had just washed up in the flooding, making transportation yet another nightmare.
Unexpectedly and mercifully, in the wake of Superstorm Hurricane Sandy, the Gambini family was thrown a life jacket by Harboring Hearts Housing. Thanks to the tireless efforts of HH, the Gambini family found a place to stay close to hospitals and their much-needed treatment.
Last weekend, the Gambini family and Harboring Hearts celebrated a year of recovery and a chance to raise more funds for more hearts in need through a special Oktoberfest dinner. All proceeds of the event were raised for Harboring Hearts programs which would help families just like the Gambinis, who were invited as special guests for a fun dinner with good food, music, and dance.
We would like to thank nj.com for their special feature on the Gambini family and Harboring Hearts! We appreciate your continued support and for covering this story that so poignantly illustrates our mission!
For all the details on the Gambini family’s heartwarming story and how HH helps heart patients, click the link below!