Angels for Hearts, Inc. is the product of a Sacramento family, the Kaufman’s. Curtis and Patricia Kaufman are the parents of Kimberly Kaufman. Kimberly is an otherwise healthy woman who was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in November 2004 at the age of 30. Kimberly is not a transplant candidate for medical reasons. Kimberly remains a heart patient, and has a less than normal life expectancy.
The Kaufman family is mindful of the experience that they – and hundreds of other families – have endured and are enduring. They have learned that these families and patients, particularly the youngest patients, need help. For this reason, the Kaufman family formed “Angels for Hearts”.
The Kaufman family learned that while a child is in the hospital there is no sense of normalcy. Children need to maintain a sense of normalcy to aid them in their recovery process. Angels for Hearts attempts to bring the normalcy those children are missing while they are in hospital heart units.
Angels for Hearts provides gifts to patients, ages 0-18 years of age in the pediatric heart units at local hospitals during Christmas. Angels for Hearts works closely with the Child Life Specialists at the hospital to make sure that the ‘wishes, wants, and needs’ of the pediatric patients will be fulfilled. Angels for Hearts helps by supplying gifts to the hospital, specifically the pediatric heart unit, and, with the help of the Child Life Specialists, delivers the gifts to the pediatric heart patients.
Along with donations at Christmas, Angels for Hearts puts on its annual “When I Grow Up…” Party. All children, with or without pediatric heart issues, dream about what they want to be when they grow up. The “When I Grow up…” Party allows pediatric heart patients to meet and talk with ‘grown-ups’ such as firemen, police, doctors, nurses, teachers, race car drivers, engineers, chefs, bakers, TV personalities, baseball players, basketball players, pilots, etc. This coordinated effort allows the pediatric heart patients and their families from the major pediatric heart programs in the Sacramento area to come together and be able to share and meet other children and families facing some of the same heart issues. This is a day dedicated to reminding these children that first and foremost they are kids before they heart kids and that their dreams are only limited by their imaginations.
Angels for Hearts funding comes from personal contacts, family, friends, corporations, small businesses, organizations in the community, and emails. Since 2006, Angels for Hearts has raised over $100,000 as of December 2012 and been able to provide gifts and donations to the pediatric heart patients at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Stanford, CA, Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento, CA and UCD Medical Center, in Sacramento, CA.
Angels for Hearts is incorporated as a charitable, public benefit corporation, for the purpose of helping pediatric heart patients regain some sense of normal while they are in the hospital. Angels for Hearts is a Non Profit 501(c)(3) organization.
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Angels for Hearts Board of Directors:
Kim Kaufman, Founder and CEO
Curt Kaufman, CFO and Treasurer
Patti Kaufman, Secretary
Danny Kaufman, Board Member
Annie Kaufman, Board Member
Sommer DellaBitta, Board Member