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Change My Heart is a change collection and paper icon campaign aimed at helping kids. It’s a fun and easy way to raise much needed funds and awareness for research on Congenital Heart Defects (CHDs). Your spare change can make a BIG difference in the lives of heart warriors. The money you collect will help scientists and doctors conduct life-saving CHD research.

Dates:  February 1-29, 2016 (CHD Awareness Month) or any time throughout the year!

Why:  The Children’s Heart Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization solely committed to funding life-saving Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) research. CHDs are the #1 birth defect in the US, affecting nearly 1 out of every 100 babies born. CHF’s mission is to fund the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of CHDs. The money you collect will help CHF fund life-saving CHD research.

How:  Contact CHF Michigan to let us know you are doing the fundraiser at [email protected] or 248-385-2430. Then, collect spare change in a collection container(s) to help fund CHD Research. Any amount of change is enough— no amount is too small.

Another way is to sell paper icons for a donation (we recommend $1) on which donors can write their names. The paper hearts can be hung on a wall, bulletin board, storefront, or wherever. This is a great way to spread awareness of CHD and to show your support for the CHF Michigan Chapter!

Where:  Schools, churches, stores, restaurants, local businesses—anywhere a collection jar can be placed and/or paper hearts can be sold.

Get Started: Get complete directions, ideas, and downloadable templates to start your campaign today at this link: Change My Heart Info Page. Contact us if you want to add more CHF literature, bracelets, or pens!

Fund CHD Research: At the end of your event, contact CHF Michigan to drop off your coins at 248-385-2430 or [email protected], mail a check made out to “The Children’s Heart Foundation – Michigan Chapter” at PO Box 1808, Troy, Michigan 48099, or simply donate at this link: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/CMHMichigan. The money you collect will help fund CHD research!