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Giving Day - February 9 - Save a Childs Heart

Dear Customers,

A new year has dawned upon us, a new beginning in many ways. Let us make 2018 a year of extending ourselves, a year of sharing, a year of helping. Let us connect with our global community and share the challenges of people less fortunate than us.

February is American Heart month. One out of hundred babies is born with congenital heart disease. Almost one third of them need surgery during their first 12 months. Without surgery, 20% of them will die within weeks of birth. In 1995 two such babies in Ethiopia were struggling for their lives and their doctor reached out to Dr Ami Cohen at the Wolfson Medical Center, Israel. This was how Save a Child’s Heart was born. Rated four star on Charity Navigator, Save A Child’s Heart (SACH) provides urgently needed pediatric heart surgery and follow-up care for indigent children from developing countries. SACH has saved the lives of more than 4,400 children from 55 countries in Africa, South America, Europe, Asia, and throughout the Middle East and trained more than 100 medical team members from these countries.

What we really loved about them was their mission statement - ‘We mend hearts, regardless of race, religion, gender or nationality.’ They offer free weekly clinics for Palestinian children. They hold preoperative and follow up cardiology clinics in Israel and abroad on a weekly basis and also offer a comprehensive training program within Israel for doctors and nurses from developing countries.

So, this month we pick Save a Child’s Heart, an international non profit organization based in Israel. Please join me on Feb 9th to help give children with congenital heart disease a new beginning. Shop more to give more.

Thank you for being our partner and believing in us.

Naheed Quaisar
Co-Founder and CEO

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Please help us get the word out. Together, we can help SACH, Save A Child’s Heart, which is an Israeli-based international humanitarian project providing life-saving heart surgeries and follow-up care for children from developing countries. Their mission is to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children from developing countries, who suffer from congenital heart disease and to create medical centers of competence in these countries.

One in every one hundred babies is born with congenital heart disease. Almost one third of them will need surgery during their first 12 months. Without surgery, 20% will die within weeks after birth. Presently, there are more than 1000 children on our waiting list. So, let us join hands and give our best to SACH! They need us!

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Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) Fact Sheet

Save a Childs Heart

SACH is an Israeli-based international humanitarian project providing life-saving heart surgeries and follow-up care for children from developing countries. Our mission is to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children from developing countries, who suffer from congenital heart disease and to create medical centers of competence in these countries. One in every one hundred babies is born with congenital heart disease. Almost one third of them will need surgery during their first 12 months. Without surgery, 20% will die within weeks after birth. Presently, there are more than 1000 children on our waiting list.

SACH is a hospital based project whose services are provided in Holon, Israel at the Wolfson Medical Center (WMC) by a team of 70 dedicated experts who, from chief surgeon to physiotherapist, volunteer their time without any payment. SACH has been recognized by the US government, European Union, and United Nations for its achievements. It is the only Israeli medical organization that the Palestinian Authority has a formal partnership with.

SACH’s objectives are achieved through:
• Providing life-saving cardiac surgeries for children from developing countries at WMC;
• Providing a full outreach training program for the medical personnel from these countries;
• Holding pre-operative and follow-up clinics, and leading medical missions to partner countries for screening, operating and training.

Four Corners of The Earth

SACH patients, whose ages range from infants to teenagers, come from the ‘Four Corners of The Earth’: 40% of the children are from Africa; 49% from the Palestinian Authority, Syria, Jordan & Iraq; 11% from other countries, including Moldova, Peru, Ukraine, Romania, Haiti, Philippines, Panama, China, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. The number of cardiac surgeries performed by SACH has grown dramatically from 48 cases in 1996 to more than 300 annually, and over 4,200 children have been saved.

Since its inception in 1996, the SACH medical team has examined and evaluated more than 7,500 children from 54 different countries, including a cardiology clinic held at the WMC every Tuesday for Palestinian children from Gaza and the West Bank.

SACH has trained more than 100 physicians and nurses at the SACH center in Israel, from China, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Moldova, Nigeria, Palestinian Authority, Romania, Russia, Vietnam and Zanzibar. SACH has trained Tanzania’s first pediatric cardiac surgeon and Ethiopia’s first pediatric cardiac surgeon. SACH has traveled overseas performing more than 180 life-saving surgeries alongside local personnel in China, Ethiopia, Mauritania, Moldova and Ukraine.

SACH is building a new Children’s Hospital at the WMC, which will house the Middle East’s first international pediatric cardiac care center.

International Pediatric Cardiac Care Center

Children We Help

Since 1995, Save a Child’s Heart has treated more than 4,400 children suffering from congenital and rheumatic heart disease. The annual number of children we treat has grown dramatically from 48 cases in 1996 to over 290 in 2016.

The children we help are treated at the Wolfson Medical Center and housed at the Legacy Heritage Children’s Home of Save a Child’s Heart, both located in Holon. They come from around the globe, from more than 50 countries where adequate medical care is simply unavailable. Approximately 50% of the children are from the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Iraq and Morocco, more than 30% are from Africa, and the remainder are from Asia, Eastern Europe and the Americas.

Doctors We Train

Tragically, there are countries around the world that simply don’t have the resources or the doctors to save the lives of children. The ultimate goal of Save a Child’s Heart is to create centers of medical competence in developing countries so that children can be treated independently in their own communities.

At the Wolfson Medical Center in Israel, Save a Child’s Heart brings medical personnel from partner sites around the globe to take part in the Save a Child’s Heart outreach training program. Medical personnel receive in-depth post-graduate training in all facets of pediatric cardiac care, including cardiology, surgery, anesthesia, intensive care, perfusion, and nursing.

Seeing Stars Foundation

The Seeing Stars Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization whose mission is to support research and education on sports related concussion and sports related neurological injuries from the pee wee to the professional level. The Foundation is currently working on a national outreach program to train physicians, athletic trainers and other healthcare professionals in the diagnosis and management of sports related concussion. We are well-informed and concerned about the frequent occurrences of sports concussion, and most importantly the lack of assistance available to young athletes and youth sports organizations. Seeing Stars Foundation is helping to fill this gap to keep young athletes safe and healthy. Seeing Stars was founded by Neurologists with an expertise in sports related neurological issues in an effort to improve the quality of life of athletes of all ages. Our doctors serve as consultants and team physicians for the NFL, NHL, Professional Boxing, the NCAA, United States Tennis Association.

Toys for Tots

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.
The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

Friends of Seva Mandir, Inc. (FSM)

Friends of Seva Mandir, Inc. (FSM) is a 501(C)(3) public charity based in Edison, New Jersey. It is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes, supporting education of rural and tribal children, early child care and development, health, environment conservation, women’s empowerment and building stronger communities in underdeveloped areas of India. We have been registered as a charity since July 27, 2009.

Our activities include making grants to Seva Mandir, a much respected Indian voluntary organization working in South Rajasthan, India. Seva Mandir was founded in 1968 and is currently working in over 600 villages and reaching over 70,000 households.

Massachusetts Task Force 1

Massachusetts Task Force 1 ( MA-TF 1) Urban Search and Rescue Team (US&R) is located in Beverly, Massachusetts. Urban Search and Rescue teams are comprised of Police, Fire, EMS and Civilians (62 total people when deployed) and respond to major disasters under a contract with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Currently there are 150 people on the MA-TF 1 team.

Sponsored by the City of Beverly, Massachusetts, MA-TF 1 maintains the heritage established by the Lexington Minutemen at the onset of the American Revolution: the spirit of cooperation and volunteerism that sustains the vitality of a democratic society as well as the infrastructure of emergency response. As Hurricane Sandy turned into Superstorm Sandy, MA-TF 1 was activated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to stand at the ready as a state asset.

Helena Food Share

Since 1987, Helena Food Share has been providing food to our neighbors in need. At Helena Food Share, it is our mission to serve our neighbors in need by providing food in a respectful and dignified way and by working with others to eliminate hunger in the greater Helena area. Our vision, simply, is to create a hunger-free community. We know that 1 in 7 residents of Helena struggles with hunger. 1 in 5 Helena children don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Families come to the Helena Food Share pantry because they are facing difficult times.
These folks need help while they experience difficulty paying medical bills, struggling with a disability, finding their way through a layoff, or they’re simply doing their best to make ends meet with a low or fixed income. No matter the situation, we are dedicated to serving our customers with dignity and respect.

4 Paws For Ability

In 1995, Karen Shirk was told she was too disabled to receive a service dog. She decided to make sure no one else ever had to hear those words.

4 Paws for Ability is the embodiment of Karen’s vision - a nonprofit organization that breeds, socializes, trains, and places service dogs with children and veterans. Since its inception in 1998, 4 Paws has paired over 1,100 trained service dogs to people living with a variety of disabilities. With a team of 75 employees and over 600 volunteers, 4 Paws now places over 100 dogs per year. 4 Paws dogs (and the humans they love and serve) can be found in almost all 50 statesas well as Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and Switzerland. Dogs trained through 4 Paws meet the criteria for ‘service animals’ as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Covenant House

Covenant House New Orleans was founded on the edge of the French Quarter 30 years ago to provide a safe haven for homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth (ages 22 and under). We have provided over 20,000 kids with food, shelter, clothing, medical care, educational and vocational support, individual and family counseling, job readiness and placement, short & long-term housing, life skills, and more.

The vast majority of our youth have endured physical and/or sexual abuse and have also experienced the violence of the streets. Our counselors estimate 85% suffer from some form of traumatic stress disorder. Tulane’s Cowen Institute estimates there are 26,000 at-risk youth in our community. Our first priority is always to reunite our youth with healthy, functional family. For the majority of our kids for whom family is not an option, we give them an educational & vocational assessment and help them find a job that suits their skills.

Soldiers Angel

Soldiers’ Angels provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and their families and a growing veteran population. Soldiers’ Angels was established in 2003 by the mother of a son who was deployed to Iraq. She began sending care packages to her son and was then asked to not only send more care packages to many more deployed but to also assist with other needs. September 11th was a catalyst that inspired Americans to support the military and help out any way they could. Soldiers’ Angels was created as an opportunity for them to provide that support with care packages, hand-sewn blankets, letters, cards, and other items from ‘home’.

In just 14 years, since this small beginning of sending care packages, Soldiers’ Angels has grown to over 12 Programs with over 100,000 volunteers nationwide. Most of the programs and services offered by Soldiers’ Angels are performed by volunteers who work tirelessly supporting our nation’s veterans, wounded warriors, deployed service members and their families.

Asha for Education

On May 12th, HPFY donated 10% of the day’s sales to ‘Asha for Education’. Asha for Education took roots in 1991 when a group of students including Deepak Gupta, Sandeep Pandey, and VJP Srivatsavoy from the University of Berkeley, CA got together and discussed ways to bring about a socio-economic change in India. The group was formed with a belief that education is a requisite to bring about the much needed socio economic change in India. It was named ‘Asha’, meaning ‘hope’. Since then, Asha for Education has grown via its chapters, and today has more than 65 chapters worldwide.

Asha for Education is a 501(c)(3) organization in the US. Each year, our work touches the lives of several thousands of children across a few hundreds of projects. We have no offices, and 100% of our efforts are driven by unpaid volunteers. All donations are tax deductible, and we have earned a reputation for sending >98% of donations to our projects.

Doug Fluite, Jr. Foundation for Autism

On April 14th, HPFY donated 10% of the day’s sales to ‘Doug Fluite, Jr. Foundation for Autism’. The Flutie Foundation awards grants to individuals and families dealing with the challenges of autism.

The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc. was established in 1998 by former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie and his wife, Laurie, in honor of their son, Doug, Jr. who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Through their General Grants, Joeys Fund, Allison Keller Technology fund and other programs and initiatives, The Flutie Foundation awards grants to individuals and families dealing with the challenges of autism as well as to the organizations that support them. The grants that they provide give individuals with autism access to much needed educational and other support services, autism specific active lifestyles programs and assistance with transitioning to adult independence. In addition The Flutie Foundation, through their grant programs, awards grants to nonprofit organizations that provide direct services such as family support, education, advocacy and recreational opportunities for individuals with autism.

Womens Center of Danbury

On March 10th, two days after International Women’s day, HPFY donated 10% of the day’s sales to Women’s of Danbury. Since 1975, the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury has been a safe haven as the sole provider of services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in the Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield County areas. Each year the Center serves over 25,000 individuals from our area communities. Our FREE and confidential services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Center’s key areas of focus include emergency shelter and support services, counseling and advocacy, crisis intervention, and community education, primary prevention and training.

All funds provided to the Center support our critically needed domestic violence, sexual assault, and resource services for adults and children in our 13-town service area, including: Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman and Washington.



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