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How You Can Support and Donate to the Heart Center

At the Heart Center, our No. 1 priority is taking care of patients. Heart treatments and procedures typically require long stays in the hospital, which means our heart patients and their families often stay at the center for days, weeks or even months at a time.

We aim to make our patients and their families feel at home during this time by helping take care of their meals, as well as providing toys and books for our patients and their siblings. This would not be possible without the incredible donors who support our programs, such as:

Kids at Heart

Kids at Heart is a support program for parents, caregivers and families of patients with congenital heart defects who are treated at Children's. It offers social, emotional and educational support programs, including a monthly Family Dinner with a presentation, to help Children's heart families inside and outside of the hospital setting. Through Kids at Heart, heart families are able to connect and support one another as they navigate what it is like to have a child with a congenital heart defect.

For all donations, complete this form.

Donate to Kids at Heart today.

Feed the Heart Program

The Feed the Heart program provides meals, snacks and drinks for heart patients and their families during hospital stays so that families don't have to worry about food and can focus on caring for their children. Since its inception in 2015, Feed the Heart has served meals to more than 5,000 people. It is 100 percent funded by the generosity of donors.

Support Feed the Heart by:

  1. Donating to Feed the Heart.
  2. Donating to the Feed the Heart pantry. The pantry is available to heart families during their stay at the Heart Center and provides drinks, snacks and nonperishable food items that families can access throughout the day.
    • Suggested food items you can donate to the Feed the Heart pantry include:
      • Bottled water
      • Canned soft drinks
      • Individual plastic bottles of iced tea, lemonade and sparkling water
      • Individual plastic bottles of juice (no juice boxes)
      • Single-serving cups of microwavable macaroni and cheese, soup, pasta, ramen noodles or stew
      • Breakfast bars and granola bars
      • Individual packages of peanut butter or cheese crackers
      • Single-serving bags of chips, pretzels, cookies or crackers
      • Single-serving packets of instant oatmeal or grits
      • Fruit or applesauce cups
      • Individually packaged breakfast pastries, muffins, doughnuts or Pop-Tarts
      • Individual boxes of cereal
      • Snack-size candy bars
      • Keurig K-Cups (coffee, tea, cocoa)
    • You can schedule a time to drop off donations at the hospital or choose to donate items from our Feed the Heart Wish List.
  3. Providing a Feed the Heart meal. Feed the Heart meals are served every Tuesday evening in our Heart Center.

For all donations, complete this form.

For more information, email feedtheheart@choa.org.

Feed the Heart

Feed the Mind Program

Upon admission to the Heart Center, babies from 0 to 12 months old will receive a bag containing two age-appropriate books so that family members and caretakers can begin reading to them. Families will also receive an age-appropriate developmental toy to assist with their child's brain health. 

Reading to infants and babies is critical to their neurodevelopment and helps them build communication, listening and memory skills at an early age. By the time babies reach their first birthdays, they will have learned all the sounds needed to speak their native language. The more stories you read aloud, the more words your baby will hear, which will improve your child's speaking abilities.

Support Feed the Mind by:

  1. Donating to Feed the Mind.
  2. Purchasing books and toys from our Feed the Mind Wish List.

For all donations, complete this form.

Feed the Mom Program

The Feed the Mom program is a new postpartum support program for mothers and babies in our Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU). This program will support postpartum mothers in the CICU as their babies are admitted directly from the birth hospital, which can delay bonding between a mother and her baby. Feed the Mom will support mothers and infants in the CICU by providing emotional support, mental health resources, breastfeeding support and care packages that include a supportive note from a heart mom who has been in their shoes in the past.

Support Feed the Mom by:

  1. Donating to Feed the Mom.
  2. Purchasing care package items for new moms from the Feed the Mom Wish List.
  3. If you are a heart mom whose child was treated in our CICU and you would like to write a supportive note to a new mom, please complete this form. 

For all donations, complete this form.

Heart Center Wish List

If you're interested in supporting the Heart Center by donating toys, books, games and other essential items, we encourage you to purchase items from our Heart Center Wish List.

Mail a check

If you prefer to support our programs by sending a check, mail it to:

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Kids at Heart
Attn: Alison Mueller
1405 Clifton Road NE
Second Floor, Cardiac Acute Care Unit
Atlanta, GA 30322

In the check subject line, indicate Kids at Heart, Feed the Heart, Feed the Mind or the Heart Center Wish List.

For all donations, complete this form.