On Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Harboring Hearts joined the Family Learning Center and Pediatric Cardiology Department at Montefiore Medical Center to host a Heart Party for more than 100 children and family members.
The party began at 4pm with a long and eager line of attendees, who were provided with Harboring Hearts goodie bags to collect prizes inside throughout the party. Guests entered the party to find the hall full of bright heart decorations everywhere! Inside there were three activity stations to keep guests active, with stations including arts and crafts, photo booth with props, and healthy in-kind snacking options. Our healthy cookies were generously provided by Enjoy Life Foods, and Chia bars by Healthy Warrior, who believe in supporting and encouraging better healthy snacking options for children without sacrificing delicious taste. Montefiore former patient Maria interacted with children to donate her own handmade woven hats. Additionally, HoneyBirds Playschool in BedStuy, Brooklyn made personalized hearts crafts for kids to take home.
The party was hosted with DJ Temple who played live upbeat music to get children off their feet, leading to a fun dance-off with Captain America. Children danced eagerly to trendy songs such as “Watch Me (Whip/NaeNae) by artist Silento, and won raffle prizes provided by Montefiore staff.
By the time we geared towards the end of the party at 6pm, children had collected an array of gifts and prizes! Everyone displayed their artistic masterpieces with painted cut-out hearts from the arts and craft table, silly pictures with Captain America from the photo booth and heart balloons to take home after the party!
Harboring Hearts is honored to collaborate with Montefiore Medical Center to provide children and their families a day full of fun activities to bring a smile on their faces. We look forward to upcoming events in the near future and making more hearts smile one at a time.
Watch patients and families have fun in this video clip by Bronx Net News.
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