We have no way to help a critically ill child overcome their illness and remove that burden from the family, but we can reach out and do some little things with great love. We Hope this will bring some comfort to these families in crisis. Our mission is that, when families are in that situation of hardship supporting a critically ill child, we would like to be a comforting “hug” to the families letting them know that they are not alone. We are big believers that it is the little kindnesses in this world that make all the difference. We want to do our small part in providing “hugs” to those in need. Our goal is that by opening our Hearts in this way. we can offer the family some sense of Hope!
About Tony’s Hugs
Tony’s Hugs is the flagship program of the Hearts of Hope Network. This program celebrates the life of Tony Stickels by offering little “hugs” of Hope for families that are suffering through the extreme hardships related to caring for a critically ill child. Tony was a generous and loving young man. He touched so many lives in his short 18 years. When we thought about what epitomized him best, we thought it would be a hug. He was always generous with his hugs. His family will tell you he was always there to smile at you and give you a hug when you needed it.
Obviously, we cannot be everywhere we are needed to give people an actual, physical hug so they could feel the love, so we do the next best thing by sending “hugs” via Tony’s Hugs gift boxes and/or special donations as needed. These gift boxes and donations are each tailor-made for the family in need. The information as to the family’s requirements comes from loved ones who are making the request for aid. We call these gifts “hugs”, because the intention of them is to offer support and Hope to the families – just like real life physical hugs do. It is our Hope that those receiving these gifts will feel our arms around them, and just for a moment, they will feel loved and full of Hope.
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