DES MOINES - This Valentine's Day, UnityPoint Health is doing something sweet for their patients. The goal is to 'share hearts' with simple acts of kindness.
It's called Day of Compassion and they are seeking gifts to help patients and families in financial need with little things to help their treatment. Such as gas cards to get to medical appointments, or medicine not covered by insurance.
"Every gift makes a difference," said Caleb Hegna, director of development for UnityPoint Health. "Whether it's $10 or $25 dollars, every gift goes a long way."
For each gift received, it will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $20,000. For every gift made, a Valentine will be delivered to an adult patient at Iowa Methodist, Methodist West, Iowa Luthern, John Stoddard Cancer Center or Taylor House Hospice.
"So we know some are going to the cardiac floors, some are going to the medical and surgical floors," said Hegna. "But then we also have some going to Taylor House Hospice who are spending their last days with their loved ones and this is just one more way people are able to share their heart. Give back and tell them we are thinking of them and wishing them and their families those precious moments."
To make matters even sweeter, it's a complete surprise!
"They have no idea it's coming, and it's going to be a great way to just bring a little brightness," said Hegna.
And they hope the spirit of love will travel further than hospital walls. That wish is reflective for one Iowan woman who says it fills her heart with joy to give back to the community that gave her everything.
"People in Iowa gave my family so much," said Teui Rodari. "I never will be able to pay it back, so whatever I have I will give a little here and there. Sometimes I don't want people to know so I give it to them and walk away."
UnityPoint says you can make an online donation here. You can also drop off item gifts at the north wing of Methodist hospital. Things like soap, chap stick, cards and books go a long way for patients.
If you do something nice for someone else on Valentine's Day UnityPoint says to share it on social media and tag #shareyourheart.
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