COVID-19 has had an impact on everyone, and Heart of a Hero is no exception. It has had an affect on how we provided services as well as how we raise funds. Our mission at Heart of a Hero is to visit children in need as superheroes. We are known for travelling all over the United States and have even travelled internationally to make visits to hospitals, schools, camps for pediatric cancer patients, and more.
We have had to shift from physical visits to video chats. We provide video chats to children all over the world. On top of the video calls we wanted to make an impact in our community and donated coloring books, arts and crafts activities, puzzles, and books to families in our area. We also have incurred more shipping costs since our care packages now must be mailed to children in need. During this time all children are in need. We as adults have never been through such a pandemic, so how can we explain what is happening to our children when we ourselves are unsure.
Our goal with our video chats and care packages is to provide some support for all children at this time. In the care packages we are including activities to help keep busy and new toys. This pandemic has not only affected the way that we operate, it has also affected our ability to do physical fundraisers. Prior to this pandemic we had planned an annual event, and also had plans for raffles and a paint night. Unfortunately these plans have been put on the backburner and we are limited in the fundraisers we can do. COVID-19 has affected our ability to raise funds and in turn cover everyday operational costs.
Operational costs do not stop regardless of the shelter in place. We are running this campaign in hopes to raise enough funds to ensure that Heart of a Hero will continue after life goes back to normal. We are a small non-profit that relies on crowd-funding and fundraisers to keep the mission going. Thankfully GoFundMe is launching a #Givingtuesdaynow fundraiser. Where they are matching $1,000 in donations to this campaign. A little goes a long way. No amount is to small, every donation helps us to get through these difficult times and also helps to ensure the future of Hear of a Hero. Thank you for your continued support!