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News and Events – November December 2023

Celebrating our Volunteers on #GivingTuesday

On the special occasion of Giving Tuesday, Floating Hospital President Sean Granahan, Esq., and Chief Medical Officer and EVP of Clinical Administration, Shani Andre, MD, hosted a heartfelt celebration in the Chef Maria Loi and Loukoumi Make a Difference Teaching Kitchen. This event was a tribute to our incredible volunteers, including the Floating Hospital board and committee members, who have dedicated their time, skills and expertise throughout the year, significantly enhancing the hospital’s ability to serve its patients effectively.

The mood was warm and grateful as volunteers were treated to delicious fare prepared by renowned restauranteur and philanthropist Chef Maria Loi. The event fostered a wonderful opportunity for these dedicated individuals to connect, share inspiring stories from their volunteering journeys, and reflect on the impact of their contributions.

The event was not just a gathering but a vibrant community-building experience. It was a testament to the spirit of giving and collaboration that underpins The Floating Hospital. The celebration was a resounding success, leaving everyone in attendance feeling appreciated and connected. A heartfelt ‘Well done!’ to everyone who made it a memorable and meaningful day!

If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch with Laura Evans at

A thank you event for some of our volunteers.

Year-end appeal 2023: anchor hope!

Our 2023 Year-end Annual Appeal is here! In it, we’re shedding light on our hopeful work to provide healthcare and essential support to every family who needs it. Every night, countless families in New York City seek refuge in shelters and domestic violence safe houses, escaping the trauma of domestic violence and the grips of homelessness.

A generous donation can steer a family towards stability and health. This year, we’re adding a $1 for $1 donation match, doubling the impact of the giver’s generosity. It will go towards our work to provide medical, dental, behavioral health and vision care services to all our patients, including domestic violence survivors. Additionally, our “more than healthcare” model delivers a lifeline of education, life skills, access to healthcare, crucial supplies and relief.

Be a beacon of change; donate or learn more

Candy Cane Lane 2023

Destination: Candy Cane Lane

Floating Hospital is actively collecting donations of new toys, books, games and seasonal clothing for our 16th annual Candy Cane Lane holiday giveaway, taking place this year from December 11-15.

Candy Cane Lane is always festive and bright, thanks to our caring community of donors, volunteers, staff, and friends. Children delight in choosing toys. Parents select from a full array of new winter gear, clothing, and sleepwear for their children and themselves. It’s a warm and welcoming time for families struggling with necessities such as food, clothing, housing and healthcare. For many, it is their only opportunity to bring gifts home for the holidays.

If you are interested in becoming a Candy Cane Lane volunteer, contact Laura Evans at or for sponsorships contact Ann-Louise Lipman at

If you want to participate in the Candy Cane Lane holiday drive, you can use our Amazon Wishlist to get inspired or send a gift with just a few clicks.

This post is featured in our monthly newsletter from November/December 2023.

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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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