Two Days of Compassion (Des Moines)

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Imagine you are an expectant parent. You are counting down the days until your baby joins your family, and are busy preparing for that day. Suddenly, your world gets turned upside down by the premature birth of your baby. Or maybe your baby is born quite ill. All those preparation plans are now out the window.


Perhaps you have to skip work for a while because the baby is so sick. You find yourself having to drive to the hospital frequently, eat out or at the hospital, and your other children need child care as they cannot be at the hospital 24/7. Bills at home are piling up. You are already stressed beyond belief by the emotional roller coaster ride your baby's health has taken you on, but all the extra expenses are pushing you over the edge.


Then, a nurse or social worker tells you about Variety's Compassion Fund. The Compassion Fund can help with the cost of gas to visit your baby. They can help with groceries and childcare. In certain cases, they can help with some bills at home. These small acts of kindness can make all the difference in the world. Join us December 11 & 12 as we fill Variety's Compassion Fund! 


Once a year, Variety raises dollars to support critically ill children and their families by filling the Compassion Fund. This is done through a two-day radio-thon called Two Days of Compassion hosted on 92.5 FM, NASH Icon and supported by The CW.


How does the Fund work?

Case workers from Blank Children's Hospital and Mercy Medical Center work with families on a daily basis and often get to know them and their struggles. The designated case workers are able to identify a need and present the family with funds immediately.


How can you help?

Tune into 92.5 NASH ICON December 11 & 12 from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and hear from families who have benefitted from the fund! During the two-day event, call 515-276-6669 or donate online at any time.


How will my donation help?

Often times a parent has to quit their job to take care of their critically ill child. Some parents drive hours every week to get to appointments. The expenses add up quickly! The Compassion Fund is designed to provide comfort and care while fulfilling immediate needs. Some examples of how families use the fund include;

  • Purchasing gas to support frequent trips to appointments
  • Paying monthly bills such as phone, water or electricity
  • Purchasing meals while at the hospital
  • Paying for care for children that are at home


For those who have healthy kids, it’s truly a blessing. Some Iowa families will be spending the holiday season in the hospital. It can be difficult caring for a critically ill child, but together we can help support these local families. Read how the Compassion Fund impacts families and donate today!



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