“Thank you so much for all your assistance. I appreciate all your organization does for the hemophilia community.
-Helping Hands recipient
About HFA’s Helping Hands Program:Â
Helping HandsÂ is a unique financial assistance program that provides individuals andÂ families within the bleeding disorders community with basic living expenses. ItÂ was designed to be a rapid, non-invasive, temporary resource for emergency situationsÂ and provide a foundation for future financial stability.
In 2014, Helping Hands assistedÂ 275 householdsÂ and distributed overÂ $124,00 in direct aid to families in the bleeding disorders community!Â Of those 275 households helped in 2014, we assisted 95Â Â families/individualsÂ with their housing expenses.
Help Us Help Others!Â
In 2015, HFA is hostingÂ two Gears for Good bike ridesÂ to raise funds to support this critical communityÂ safety net. In June, riders rode along the Farmington Trail in Connecticut for the second annual inaugural regional Gears for Good bike ride.
On September 26-28, riders from around the country will bike 156+ miles in the fifth annual Gears for Good bike ride from West VirginiaÂ to Washington, DC. In both bike rides, riders will have the opportunityÂ to connect while raising awareness and fundsÂ for community members in need.
When you make a tax-deductibleÂ contribution ofÂ $15.60 or more to support this critical cause,Â you will be entered into a raffle to win a free trip (airfare and hotel paid for) to Symposium 2015 in St. Louis!Â Note: the winner will be announced in October.
History of Helping Hands:
In 1997, HFA started the Helping Hands program when it noticed there was an unmetÂ need within the bleeding disorders community. Initially, the assistance provided was inÂ a compassionate nature rather than financial assistance. Assistance included a NintendoÂ for a co-infected young patient to find joy in his last days, a catered dinner for a man whoÂ wanted to do something nice for his wife who took care of him while single handedly supportingÂ the family, and movie tickets for a family to “get away” from the daily strugglesÂ of doctors’ appointments and infusions. Over the years, Helping Hands evolved into aÂ program providing assistance with basic living expenses for individuals and families Â experiencing hardships related to their bleeding disorders.