Service Project

Each year, GAAC supports a community service agency or group through raffles at the meetings.  This year’s agency is the St. Damien Foundation, a group dedicated to bringing the children of Haiti to the US for critical surgery. For each “Gold Ticket” item (listed on the meeting notification) brought to a meeting, that member will receive 6 raffle tickets for that night’s prize drawing. Tickets may also be purchased at 6/$5 with all proceeds going to St. Damien Foundation.

St. Damien’s–Haiti

2012 began a new relationship with Akron Children’s Hospital’s Global Initiative team and St. Damien’s Hospital in Haiti. Two boys, Kurtis 16 months (left photo) and Elie 4-years old (right photo) had corrective open heart surgeries this April. Local medical teams have visited St. Damien’s and have begun to assess skills and equipment that can be expanded through Gift of Life North East Ohio.

As a result of the success with these children, we have a new and very positive opportunity.  Gift of Life International learned of our Akron Children’s Hospital and St. Damien’s Hospital Haiti partnership. They invited us to join Gift of Life Manhattan, Partners in Health in Boston and Chain of Hope in Paris (La Chaine D’espoir Paris) in considering a center together in Haiti. Each of these nonprofits has been working on providing in-country heart surgeries for children with congenital heart conditions out of the small Lambere Clinic in Haiti or have been bringing children into their home hospitals for service. Together we will support 10 to 15 children for surgery in a September 2012 brigade. The team will assess what immediate needs can be met to help accomplish our efforts towards a sustainable center at St. Damien’s in Haiti.

Information copied from Gift of Life Northeast Ohio


Little Hats, Big Hearts

This is an American Heart Association initiative to donate hats to newborns during the month of February which is American Heart Month. Please view the information on the flier below as there are specific guidelines requested. Contact information is also provided.

Little Hats, Big Hearts Flier