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Thanks For Giving: Aria Provides Dinner for Gift of Life Family House

The ICU staff from Aria – Frankford Hospital recently provided an Italian dinner at the Gift of Life Family House.


Born out of the realization that most transplant families don’t have the time or money to grocery shop and prepare a healthy meal after a long day in the hospital, the Home Cook Heroes program is an essential means of healthy support for guests at Gift of Life Family House.  This program offers transplant patients and their families a home-cooked meal every evening, along with brunch on the weekends, to provide guests the opportunity to decompress and share their experiences with other families going through the transplant journey.

Home Cook Heroes also provides a unique opportunity for community groups – from schools to companies to family and friends – to get together and support the Family House mission by preparing and serving meals to our guests.  We are thankful to the Aria – Frankford team for volunteering their time to prepare a meal for these families.

The event was a reunion of current and prior Frankford staff – all for a great cause. The Aria Health Home Cook Heroes group included Lola Morgan BSN RN CCRN, Agnes Garden BSN RN CCRN, Jeannine Keenan BSN RN CCRN, Joanna Dilonardo BSN RN, Nancy Schwartz RN CCRN, Karen Sobczak, RN, MSN and Barbara McKnight  RN, BS, MHA.

“I wanted to experience Gift Of Life from another perspective…I wanted to do something for families that are waiting for a transplant,” said Joanna Dilonardo.

Home Cook Hero volunteers are essential in helping us ensure that no transplant family goes hungry during their stay in Philadelphia.  Family House meals are served each evening and brunch is served on the weekends. Please read through the information below to learn how to sign up today!

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