On February 14th, 2013 Angels for Hearts held its first Valentine’s Day event; “Heart Kids Rock Valentines Party”. Our “Heart Kids Rock Valentines Event” celebrates the traditional Valentine’s Day, National Heart Awareness Month Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Month, Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week and Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day; as well as a day to celebrate being a heart kid. The idea for our ‘Heart Kids Rock’ event came after we had a small Valentine’s Day celebration on February 14th, 2012 with 30 Pediatric Heart Patients and their families; the celebration was a small intimate lunch and the heart kids decorated heart cookies and just got to be kids for a few hours. We also partnered with Colby Red and we go to visit with the heart patients in the hospital and give them special gifts of balloon, Valentines goodies and we set up a cookie decorating bar in the play room.
From our small intimate Valentines lunch in 2012 we learned from the heart parents & heart kids was that on February 14th when everyone is celebrating Valentine’s Day, love, cupid, flowers, candy and all the fun that goes with the Valentines Holiday, heart parents and heart kids are not celebrating. For many if not most pediatric heart patients and families it is the one day of the year that everyone points out that their child is different and is a heart child; for these families it is one of the hardest days of the year for them. Angels for Hearts realized having an event on or around Valentine’s Day annually will allow these heart kids to just be kids and for the heart kids to be with other heart kids and not to feel different. For the families and parents to be with other heart parents it gave them the chance to laugh, cry, share experiences, just be a family. To realize they are not alone or the only heart family and to celebrate being a heart family! Now we have our annual ‘Heart Kids Rock Party’. All our Angels for Hearts events including ‘Heart Kids Rock’ are free for heart families to attend.
Our “Heart Kids Rock Valentines Event” is only possible due to the generosity of donations so that we can give the heart families an event to celebrate being a heart child. Donations can come in the form of in-kind donations such as sponsorships for food, drinks, entertainment, event T-shirts, crafts and also monetary donations. Angels for Hearts mission is to bring normalcy to pediatric heart patients. Giving the heart families a chance to celebrate their heart child is a priceless gift we can give them and it promotes normalcy in the family.