Family Meals

“Each quarter, Hershey Hearts provides a meal to families whose children are currently being treated at Penn State Children’s Hospital. This meal gives parents a chance to talk to one of our members as well as other families in the hospital. Parents can ask questions, share their stories and hear the stories of our Hershey Hearts representative. The purpose of our family meals is to offer hope and understanding to families in this tragic time.”
Each year, Hershey Hearts hosts a picnic for members and their families on the first Saturday in October at Hoffer Park in Middletown, PA. The pediatric cardiology staff from Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital is invited as well. The annual picnic is a great way for children with congenital heart disease and their families to reunite with other families and meet new ones that share similar experiences. There’s food, games and other activities for everyone to enjoy.

Survival Kit

Hershey Hearts has a program that provides Survival Kits to families when their child is receiving treatment at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. These tote bags printed with the “heart in hand” design are filled with many items to help a family during what can be a very emotionally and financially stressful time. They are an important way for Hershey Hearts to support and help families of children with heart disease. Donations and sponsorships for the Survival Kits are always appreciated. Individuals may sponsor a bag for $20 which includes a filled tote bag, coupons for free meals in the hospital cafeteria and a note letting the recipient know who the donation was made in honor of.

Visitation Program

Hershey Hearts has a program to provide support on a weekly basis to families who have a child receiving in-patient care through one-on-one visitation or telephone contact. Our volunteers are parents who also have a child with congenital heart disease. Families genuinely appreciate having someone that can relate to their struggles, lend a listening ear and provide words of encouragement. This program touches both the volunteers and the patients’ families with whom they visit. To meet with one of our volunteers, to become a volunteer or for more information about the visitation program, please send an email to A member will reply as soon as possible.

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