Event raises $18K for Healing Patch

Patched Together: A Day of Music benefits children’s grief program

The planning team for Patched Together: A Day of Music recently presented a check for $18,239 raised to benefit the Home Nursing Agency Healing Patch: A Program for Loss and Hope for Grieving Children and Their Families.

The fifth annual Patched Together concert was held in November with live music from a variety of local performers, Chinese auction and children’s activities.

“We are thankful to Patched Together for this generous contribution and our ongoing partnership,” said Kathy Baker, vice president of Family Hospice, part of UPMC Home Nursing Agency.

Baker was integral to the inception of the Healing Patch in 2006 to provide local support for grieving children and their families.

“The commitment and tireless efforts put forth by these individuals to support our Healing Patch and associated bereavement programs are truly amazing.”

Started in 2011, Patched Together was created by a passionate group of volunteers whose goal was to ensure grieving children have access to the resources of the Healing Patch.

Fueled by the volunteers’ love of music and desire to showcase local talent for a great cause, Patched Together raises funds for the Healing Patch, increases awareness of the prevalence of children’s grief and demonstrates how important it is to support those children and their families.

Patched Together has raised more than $67,000 since 2011.

The Healing Patch provides peer mentoring and support services to children and families who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Founded in 2006, The Healing Patch is supported by individual and community donations, local grants and fundraisers, and is staffed by volunteers.

The services are provided free of charge to any child and their family. Centers in Blair and Cambria counties serve families from throughout the region.

The Healing Patch provides a safe place for children to voice their grief and participate in activities with their peers who have suffered similar losses.

For more information about The Healing Patch, including how to enroll for services or become a volunteer, call Home Nursing Agency at 800-445-6262 or visit www.homenursingagency.com.