WATERBURY — Little Mended Hearts of Connecticut will host a Bravery Bag donation drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the WOW/NRZ Community Center, 308 Walnut St.

Bravery Bags are given to families who discover their child or adult family member has a congenital heart defect.

The bags are a way to let patients and families know they are not alone.

Approximately 40,000 new families receive this diagnosis each year.

Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect in the U.S.

The bags are delivered to adults and children undergoing life-saving heart procedures.

Patients and their families are also connected to a support network and receive educational materials to help them cope with the situation.

Little Mended Hearts of Connecticut is accepting sandwich-sized Ziploc bags, small stuffed animals (Beanie Babies sized), eight-count crayons, coloring books, crossword/Suduko puzzle books, blank journals, pocket-sized tissue packs, lip balm, travel-sized hand sanitizer, individually packaged snacks and travel-sized toiletries.

For the adult Bravery Bags, donations of hard candy and adult superhero socks are sought.

In addition, gift cards and monetary donations will be accepted.

Anyone who would like to learn 

more about the organization and its mission is invited to contact Camiecia Anthony or Ashley Oliver at MendedLittleHeartsCT@gmail.com or 475-235-7941.

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