Monday, November 18, 2013

The Generosity of the Heart World

Sometimes you read a story and it touches your heart so deeply that you simply have to applaud the author and thank the publisher for letting the story come to light. That is certainly the case with Nick Malawskey's beautifully told story that features the Samaritan's Purse®. 4-Year Old Ugandan Boy Spared Death Thanks to Samaritan's Purse®. The most amazing thing is that the title of the piece is misleading because Samaritan's Purse® didn't just save one boy in this story -- they saved two.

I love articles which demonstrate the generosity of the Heart World. The community I belong to, simply because my son was born with a congenital heart defect, is like no other I know. The Heart World knows no boundaries. Doctors, nurses, physicians, survivors, angels, parents, grandparents, siblings, neighbors, authors, friends . . . the members of the Heart World are practically limitless, especially when you come to realize that heart defects are the Number One birth defect and that 1 in 100 children are affected by this birth defect around the globe.

Today I am going to highlight yet another special organization that helps children who would be lost if it weren't for the generosity of members of the Heart World. International Children's Heart Foundation is another organization that should be applauded for the amazing work they do. Charity Navigator gives this organization a remarkable overall score of 64.84 out of 70 -- making it one of the best charities I've seen regarding transparency and fiduciary care of contributions.

Perhaps one of the best parts of the ICHF, from the reading I have done, is their desire to train others in their own communities -- essentially putting the ICHF out of a job! But seriously, with the long waiting list of children needing help across the globe, there is scant chance this charity is going to disappear overnight. Still, I like the fact that they are training others to care for children with congenital heart defects and that they recognize that the Heart World spans the globe.

Interested in helping out? Medical Mission Trips are listed here. Of course the organization can use financial donations, too. Do you have the heart to help this organization?

Please visit Baby Hearts Press at for resources for the congenital heart defect community.

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