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Local girls fundraise for The Floating Hospital with crocheted hearts

Two local girls crocheted hearts to sell as a fundraiser for The Floating Hospital.

Aya and Lily are both seven years old from Long Island City, and started their project in time for Valentines Day.

The girls’ moms, Beatriz and Rebecca, have a longstanding relationship with The Floating Hospital. Both have volunteered at Candy Cane Lane for several holiday seasons, and so the girls know our work very well.

As well as knowing The Floating Hospital and what we do, they know we always need donations and volunteers.

Aya’s mom, Beatriz said, “It’s important for us to teach them from a young age how important it is to share with others. Especially when they are fortunate to live in abundance.

To learn the value of work and the effort you need to put into an idea to make it happen. To learn altruism, solidarity and compassion.

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Aya and Lily know each other from school and from the neighborhood. They started crocheting as part of the Australian wildfire appeal for knitted and crocheted pouches for animals.

When that appeal reached its peak, the girls sustained their interest by helping The Floating Hospital.

When they started, the girls crocheted the hearts themselves. But soon, they couldn’t keep up with demand, and had to recruit some help.

By the time they finished, they had sold around 60 hearts, raising almost $300.

We were delighted to welcome Aya, Lily, and their moms to The Floating Hospital.

They presented the funds they raised to Director of Community Outreach, Cynthia Davis, and Health Education Assistant, Nilsa Mena.

Asked how she enjoyed fundraising, Aya said, “On a scale of one to 1,000, I’d give it 1,000.”

By way of thanks for their efforts, the girls received certificates to confirm their status as heroes.

After presenting the check, they were treated to a tour of The Floating Hospital, with Executive Director, Hannah Stein.

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Starting in 1866, The Floating Hospital is the largest provider of healthcare to homeless families. We provide free and secure transport to and from over 300 shelters and domestic violence safe houses throughout New York City.

The Floating Hospital operates a main clinic in Long Island City. Additionally, we have satellite clinics at shelters, public housing, and assessment centers throughout the city.


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The Floating Hospital provides high-quality healthcare to anyone who needs it regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, immigration or insurance status, or the ability to pay. By providing unrestricted medical care in tandem with health education and social support to vulnerable New York City families, The Floating Hospital aims to ensure those most in need have the ability to thrive, not just survive.


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