Caring for a critically ill child is difficult; mentally, emotionally and financially. The Compassion Fund allows front line social workers to identify needs and distribute funds immediately, providing much needed relief for families.
Variety partners with Iowa hospitals to help critically ill children and their families by providing comfort, care and fulfilling immediate needs such as:
- A gas card for frequent travel to appointments
- Meals for a parent who spends weeks at the hospital
- Payment of immediate bills such as phone, heat or electricity
- A birthday cake for a child who will spend their special day in a hospital bed
- Care for siblings when parents need to stay with their ill child
Meet Evelyn and Benjamin. They were born at 32 weeks and spent 3 weeks in the NICU. The Compassion Fund stepped in to help their family during their stay.
“The Compassion Fund really made us feel like people cared and were thinking of us while we were focusing on the babies getting stronger so they could come home. My husband commuted to see me and the babies every night, an hour round trip. The gift helped with paying for gas. We were also able to order some last-minute items we needed for the babies when we all got home. We are so blessed with these two babies (now infants/toddlers) and we feel so lucky to have been a recipient of the Compassion Fund!”
–Jennifer, Mom of Evelyn and Benjamin
Support for The Compassion Fund is raised through two annual Radiothons. The Cedar Rapids Radiothon, hosted in November, supports children and their families at UnityPoint Health St. Luke’s - Cedar Rapids and Mercy Medical Cedar Rapids. The Central Iowa Radiothon, Two Days of Compassion, hosted in December, benefits Mercy Des Moines and Blank Children’s Hospital.
Every donation large and small helps provide relief and hope to families seeking care.
Variety invites you to give the gift of Compassion.