Children decorate hearts to raise money for AHA

Published 3:12 am Saturday, February 7, 2015

Their Tree of Life is decorated with paper hearts decorated by the children who attend Heaven Sent. Each heart raises $5 that is donated to The American Heart Association. So far, Heaven Sent has raised at least $200 through hearts and donations to give.

“It’s a good way for the kids to get involved,” said Claudette Rogers, owner of Heaven Sent Learning Center. “It’s fun to watch them get involved.”

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Rogers began the Tree of Life many years ago to honor her late father, who battled heart problems. She adds a heart to the tree each year in memory of him.

“We would not have been able to open this school without him,” she said.

The children can dedicate their heart to anyone of their choice, or they can write their own name on the heart to show their efforts for the cause.

Hearts are still being created, and more donations will come in before they present them on Tuesday. Once the fund raiser is over, the kids are able to keep their own hearts to always remember the cause.

The Heaven Sent Learning Center will be attending the Heart Walk on Feb. 10, and are excited to be able to participate and help with the cause.

At the event, Heaven Sent will present the tree, along with the money that they raised.

Several years ago, Heaven Sent raised more than $1,000, and The American Heart Association hosted an ice cream party for them.

Another year, they even won a $50 gift certificate to use for the school.

Rogers said that the Heaven Sent Learning Center will continue to participate in this event in the future.

“When you’re blessed, you give back,” Rogers said. “Whether it is $1 or $1000.”