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Harboring Hearts in Action: The Gambini Family One Year Later

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!

Recap: The Legion of Hearts Community Event

Recap written by Meghan Arsenault and Deirdre Lombardi

Harboring Hearts teamed up with the American Heart Association, Sephora, and ZICO Pure Coconut Water to host the Legion of Hearts event in the pediatric cardiology department at Mount Sinai Hospital on October 7th, 2013. About 20 volunteers joined us to provide a morning filled with cheer, laughter, and a heart-healthy breakfast!

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Over 50 patients and their families were able to take a break from their busy day and medical routine to have their face painted or makeup and nails done by makeup artists from Sephora.

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Wonder Woman made a surprise appearance and helped patients decorate their very own superhero capes.

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Everyone was delighted when Sharon Bush arrived with Teddy Share Bears for the young patients.

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Skylar Brandt, from the American Ballet Theatre, made a little ballerina’s day by giving her a signed pair of ballet pointe shoes.

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Sunny Norton was able to capture the many memorable moments with his photography throughout the event. Many thanks to all of our guests, volunteers, and supporters who joined us to make the Legion of Hearts community event a huge success!

To get involved in future Harboring Hearts events and learn more about how you can help, email info@harboringhearts.org!

Photo Credit: Sunny Norton