The community is invited to "A Patch of Blue," a casual evening to celebrate Home Nursing Agency's Healing Patch: A Program for Loss and Hope for Grieving Children and Their Families.
The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at The Healing Patch, 5416 Sixth Ave., Altoona.
Tickets are $50 per person.
Debra Yahner-Golby admires the quilt square in memory of her daughter Alissa, who was killed in a tragic car accident. Deb’s two younger daughters, Shyan and Angel, faithfully attend The Healing Patch as they try to understand their sister’s death and work through their grief. Healing Patch volunteers sew a quilt square for each family who attends the center. The squares are displayed along the center’s walls to memorialize those loved ones who have passed away.
Wear your favorite pair of blue jeans for a casual evening of food, spirits served by celebrity bartenders and the sounds of State College's Tommy Wareham & The Intrigues.
Carolyn Donaldson of WTAJ-TV will act as the mistress of ceremonies.
Throughout the evening, participants can stroll through the center and learn first-hand why this free program is so vital to grieving children, their families and the community.
According to statistics, one in seven children will experience the loss of a loved one by the time they finish high school.
The Healing Patch is a free peer support program designed specifically for children and their families who have suffered the loss of a loved one, such as a parent, sibling, grandparent or close family member.
The Healing Patch offers children and families hope as they work through their grief.
To register for the event, call Carol Galioto at 855-448-3462 or email