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Mended Little Hearts

Updated: Monday, September 23 2013, 08:27 AM EDT
A non-profit organization that reaches out to children with heart defects and their families, is the final contender in this month's Charity Challenge. Voting opens up on our WLOS Facebook Page this morning, so you can decide which one of the 3 charities will win $1,000 from our partner, Bryan Easler Toyota.

Last week we told you about The Rathbun Center, a place in Asheville where folks can stay if they have a loved one in the hospital fighting for their life.

Two weeks ago we told you about Inheritance of Hope. The group helps local families, who have a parent with a life-threatening illness, make memories together during a special retreat.

Our final charity in the running this month is Mended Little Hearts of Asheville, which helps families with children with heart disease.
   
Cherith Conner's youngest daughter Kinsley was born with an under-developed aorta. She had her first surgery at 10 days old, but died at 14 months old. She says Mended Hearts reached out to her and tried to share and encourage her throughout the grief process.

The support group meets monthly and offers emotional support for families dealing with everything from loss to uncertainty to successful recovery. Getting the word out about the group is primarily accomplished through the care bags distributed at Pediatric Heart Centers in Charlotte and Durham.

Nothing in the bags, from information to children's books to personal hygiene items, comes cheap. One thousand dollars would keep the project going.

Kim Landreth with Mended Little Hearts, says their "main goal is just to have money in our fund so we can make our care bags, and being able to get supplies that go in the care bags so that we can keep reaching out to new families that are diagnosed with their children."

To find out more about Mended Little Hearts of Asheville, click here.

To learn more about The Rathbun Center, click here.

To learn more about Inheritance of Hope, click here.

To vote for one of these charities to win $1,000, click here. 

You have until Wednesday at noon to vote. Tune in next Monday to see the winner accept the prize live in studio.Mended Little Hearts


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