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What is Mended Little Hearts?
Mended Little Hearts, a new support program for parents of children with heart defects and heart disease, is dedicated to inspiring hope in those who care for the littlest heart patients of all. Mended Little Hearts offers resources and a caring support network as families find answers and move forward to find healing and hope.
Partnering with hospitals to provide several programs, Mended Little Hearts connects families in crisis with other parents who have survived the shock of learning a child has a heart problem, navigated the maze of medical decisions and procedures, and mapped out a plan for the future:
Hospital Visiting: Accredited volunteers make on-site visits to parents whose children have been diagnosed with heart defects or are undergoing treatment. Outreach packets contain health information and brochures as well as entertaining items for the child.
Internet and Telephone Visiting: Parents receive support by communicating with trained volunteers over the Internet or telephone. We offer Parent to Parent mentoring. We match you with another parent so they can help and guide you through the process with hope and understanding only another heart parent can understand.
Group Meetings: Support groups help parents understand that they are not alone and that there is hope. Members listen, share their experiences, and discuss issues that impact the family. Monthly we will have educational opportunities for the families in our area. Examples of these may be: Early Intervention specialist, Pharmacist, Insurance Specialists, WIC representative, and Healthcare professionals.
Social Events: Mended Little Hearts programs are encouraged to conduct social events to bring members together to celebrate a theme and offer camaraderie among members and supporters. Christmas Parties, Pumpkin Patch visiting, and Picnics in the summer! Sometimes we all just need to laugh and enjoy and celebrate!
Mended Little Hearts. Little hearts hold big hopes.**” it brought tears to our eyes when we opened the Bag and looked through everything”
**”It’s so nice to know that people who don’t even know us care enough to send their thoughts”
**”Thank you for all you do! It was so amazing to have that food and Care Bag @ Children’s when we were there!”
**”It’s so wonderful what you do”**” We just returned from a two day visit at the Pittsburgh Childrens CICU unit, and wanted to thank you for your generosity with the gift bag. This is the first time we have had a multi-day visit that was not scheduled, and it was a huge help. Thank you again – you are making a real difference!”