Supporting your Mental Health during this time.


As we navigate these uncertain times, please know that you and your family are in our thoughts here at Harboring Hearts. There is an emotional and mental toll that can come along with having uncertainty and stress associated with this pandemic: health, housing, food, employment, and so many others. Some helpful exercises to help while at home are meditation and yoga. Exercises such as yoga help to increase endorphins which helps you to feel better and more energized. Taking safe and socially distant walks can help by getting some fresh air and Vitamin D to help lift your mood. New York State has teamed up with Headspace to provide meditation and other exercises to support your mental health, as well as other tips and resources. The link is here: New York State has also created a helpful document full of resources and tips for those struggling with their mental health. The link can be found here:

Please if you need immediate support or help call 1- 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Got5 to 741741. If you know someone who is struggling please check in with them. Also, stay in touch with family and friends. Supporting each other during these times is so incredibly important for our mental health.

We hope these resources help. We are in this together.


Helpful Resources While in Self Isolation

Wellness and Entertainment Resources During Self Isolation

As we continue this self isolation journey together, know that you and your family are in our thoughts. During this time it can be difficult to find activities or resources that will contribute to the overall well-being of you and your family so our wonderful Junior Board Members have created a guide to help support you and your loved ones during this time. 

Here is the link to the Google Form with these helpful resources:


Starting Off March with a Heart Party at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital


On March 4th Harboring Hearts hosted a Heart Party at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. The theme was Dr. Suess and included arts and crafts projects based on popular Dr. Suess books including The Lorax, Horton Hears a Who, and the Cat in the Hat. There was also music and dancing, as well as an appearance by none other than the Cat in the Hat! Thank you to our volunteers from MuleSoft who engaged 40 patients and their caregivers with arts and crafts. Thank you to and to DJ Intake for providing such wonderful music. Also, a BIG thank you to the New York Presbyterian- Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and the staff who helped at the party!


Wonderful End to Heart Month with Two Celebrations!

Harboring Hearts-CHAM Party 2.27.20

Harboring Hearts-CHAM Party 2.27.20

Harboring Hearts-CHAM Party 2.27.20

Harboring Hearts-CHAM Party 2.27.20

On February 27th Harboring Hearts was grateful to support and host the Annual Heart Party at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM). Throughout the event, 82 people enjoyed the night with a lot of fun activities. The theme was Wild, Wild, West. There were activities that included face painting, arts and crafts, and a virtual reality game that looked inside the heart. There was also popcorn, festive decorations, a wonderful dance performance and a magic show thanks to Thank you to Fields Good Chicken for providing a wonderful meal for our patients and families. Thank you to Rathkopf Photography for taking wonderful photos. Many thanks to our dedicated volunteers! Lastly, thank you so much to The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore for your partnership!

Harboring Hearts-Nike Soho Store Event 2.28.20

Harboring Hearts-Nike Soho Store Event 2.28.20

On February 28th, the Nike Store in SoHo welcomed 4 pediatric heart families to help us celebrate the end of Heart Month. It was a great evening! Led by the Nike Store team, families played basketball, took a tour of the store and played a lively game of bingo while learning about the store’s apparel. Harboring Hearts would like to give a BIG thanks to the Nike Store in SoHo for their partnership and especially to the entire staff for making the event possible! Thank you for another great experience for our pediatric heart families. Thank you to our families and our wonderful volunteers and photographer!


Game Show of Love with Lucky Forks: GiveMe5

A BIG thank you to the Lucky Forks Team and their corporate partners for an amazing evening!

On February 13th we hosted a Game Show of Love! Our Game Show host for the evening was Dr. Nisha Jhalani, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and Director of Inpatient Clinical Services for the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy at NYP/Columbia University Medical Center.

The questions were heart health specific and ranged from easy to challenging. Our lively contestants were challenged by quite a few tough questions. Thank you to the 6 companies who participated in the GiveMe5 Initiative with Lucky Forks Harboring Hearts this Heart Month. Your support will help create lifelong memories for heart patients and their families during our Hope 4 Hearts Days in 2020!



Thank you to our incredible HH families, to Jean and Jaslin for sharing your stories! Thank you to Dr. Nisha Jhalani for volunteering as our host.




What a FANTASTIC way to celebrate the heart journeys of our families!


Kicking Off Heart Month at North Shore University Hospital



We kicked-off Heart Month with a Staff Appreciation Lunch at North Shore Hospital on February 11th! Thanks to the generous support of our corporate sponsor, we provided meals to over 25 cardiac staff members. That same evening, 33 heart families attended a special dinner and support group at Luigi’s Restaurant. To the entire North Shore University Hospital team, THANK YOU for your dedication, commitment and for the care you give to your patients and their families. 

Thank you to our incredibly generous partner who provided care packages and the meals for staff, patients, and caregivers. Thank you to Luigi’s Restaurant for catering to both meals and providing such delicious food and dessert. Thank you to Jackie, our junior board member, who attended the support group. 


We are grateful for the opportunity to celebrate Heart Month with each of you!


A Star Wars-themed Heart Party with MuleSoft



With the help of Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker, five wonderful volunteers from MuleSoft helped bring light to 87 pediatric patients at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital on December 12th. Families filled their Harboring Hearts tote bags with crafts: the Chewbacca puppet, lightsaber glowsticks, Yoda popsicle stick puppets, Yoda and Darth Vader coloring sheets, and painted Star Wars-themed planters to bloom over the next few weeks. In addition to the crafts, the Child Life team provided toys, lunch, and cookies to all who attended our heart party. Thank you to Ana and the entire Child Life team at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, to DJ Intake and for your partnership and continued support!


Thank you to our MuleSoft volunteers for supporting our final Heart Party of 2019. Thank you for bringing such warm energy, compassion, and light to our patients and their caregivers. May the force be with you as we head into 2020!


A Fall Feast with Deloitte at The Mount Sinai Hospital


At The Mount Sinai Hospital on October 15th, four dynamic Deloitte volunteers served meals to 25 pediatric families during our Fall Feast. As families arrived for the meal, they were greeted by our volunteers and as they left, they have gifted a craft made by Deloitte volunteers, a gift of tissues, chapstick, and hand sanitizer to brave the changing weather that October has brought us!




A huge THANK YOU to our partners at Fields Good Chicken! We ordered a fall-themed menu of food which was a hit from the cornbread to the mac and cheese! Thank you to our cardiac social workers who helped to make this day possible for the families! Thank you to the doctors and staff who shared in the meal! THANK YOU to Deloitte for granting our fall wish and giving hope to hearts everywhere. Happy Fall!



Celebrating with the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore

Harboring Hearts 10 years Montefiore Children Hospital Heart Transplant Program

With over 100 guests in attendance, the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore celebrated at their Pediatric Heart Transplant 10th Year Anniversary Party on June 27th! Our amazing volunteers, from the Nike Store in New York City, our board members, junior board members, and Harboring Hearts volunteers, all had a special hand in bringing smiles to the faces of pediatric heart transplant patients and their families – THANK YOU!

Dreamcatchers decorated the space and provided the theme for our crafts. In addition to creating dreamcatchers, children made Rain Sticks, Sand Bottles, Dripping Salt Paintings, and PomPom artwork. They also took away balloon animals and special prizes thanks to your partners at!

Harboring Hearts 10 years Montefiore Children Hospital Heart Transplant Program

A HUGE THANK YOU to our partners: Fields Good Chicken for providing our heart-healthy food, DJ Intake for keeping the dance floor busy, and to Rathkopf Photography for capturing such beautiful moments.

Congratulations to the entire team at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore!


Deloitte Impact Day: Care Packages for Pediatric Patients

On June 7th, volunteers from Deloitte participated in their company’s Impact Day with Harboring Hearts. Sixteen Deloitte employees spent the afternoon at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital helping Harboring Hearts bring joy to pediatric heart patients!

The volunteers prepared 25 care packages, creating fun and inspiring crafts for the patients that included: inspirational photo frames, colorful bead suncatchers, newly planted flower pots, and beautiful stone magnets decorated with words of hope.  They also provided delicious lunches from Fresh Direct for the patients’ families.

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The room was absolutely filled with joy and bright smiles! Thank you to all of the Deloitte volunteers who partnered with Harboring Hearts and made this impactful day at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital a success!