DJ’s Hope 4 Hearts Foundation wishes to make a difference in the lives of heart families through emotional, educational, and financial support services.
We wish to aid these families in improving their quality of life during this most difficult time in their lives.
Most of us have been touched with the very same issues that you now face with your child, so there is no one better out there that fully understands what it is you need during this time than we do.
FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
Financial Assistance: DJ’s Hope 4 Hearts Foundation provides financial assistance when a new diagnosis or emergency situation arises by helping families with food, travel expenses, and lodging needs. This assistance is provided to heart families who demonstrate a great financial hardship.
Meal Voucher – Regardless of your financial situation, we provide meal vouchers to either your hospital cafeteria or to a local restaurant while your child is hospitalized.
Funeral Assistance: The loss of a child is the most devastating experience that parents and entire families can go through. We are not taught how to deal with such a loss, and those who have not experienced this devastation can never fully understand the gravity of what you feel. When it does happen, though, our Hope 4 Hearts families do not have to go through this alone. DJ’s Hope 4 Hearts Foundation is here to assist them. We are unique from other foundations in that some of our volunteers unfortunately understand exactly what you are going through during this time. To say it is extremely difficult is an understatement, but during these most difficult times, many families find the memorial process not only emotionally draining, but financially as well. This is where our donors and volunteers can help. We have created a program that assists families in the event of a child’s passing. We are honored to provide this service to those in need, and will be there for you during this entire process. You are not alone!
Care-Pack Program: When a child is admitted to the hospital due to an emergency, families do not have time to prepare. DJ’s Hope 4 Hearts Foundation provides care-packs to families upon hospital admission. These care-packs are filled with necessities such as a blanket, t-shirt, toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush, a notepad and a pen, shampoo, soap, a deck of cards and a puzzle book. These are care-packs from the heart that allow parents to stay right by their child’s side without having to think of or worry about such necessities.
Deejer’s Toy Chest: Our mobile toy chest offers a child facing a heart procedure the opportunity to dig into the toy chest, pick out a favorite toy, and bring it with them in order to ease some of the fears they may be experiencing about the procedure.
Beanies & Blankets Program: Our Senior community continues to knit baby beanies and blankets that we offer to the parents of children in the NICU & PICU units.
Holiday Heart Family Program: Families struggle greatly financially when coping with the hardship of having a child with a heart defect. It is even more difficult during any holiday. We ask donors throughout the entire year to provide gifts or gift cards for all the children in the heart family along with gift cards or certificates for holiday meals. It is so important that the families of children with heart defects can get together over a meal in order to reconnect with one another and emotionally recharge for the next hurdles coming. Providing this gift helps to allow affected families to be able to have as normal of a holiday as possible and reconnect with one other without the added financial hardship
Healed Hearts Scholarship Program: As our organization grows, we will implement a yearly scholarship program. DJ’s Hope 4 Hearts Foundation will award two High School graduates that have faced a heart defect a $1,000 scholarship when they enter a 4-year degree program at a school of their choice.