30 Days of Thanks ~ Pure Barre

During the month of November, Help-A-Heart is putting the spotlight on various ways people support and donate to our organization throughout the year.  Obviously, attending one of our annual fundraisers–the Celebration of Life Dinner & Silent Auction in June & the Superhero Heart Run in October–are two big ways you can further our cause!  We also receive several cash donations online through our website or mailed to us throughout the year.  However, we are humbled & encouraged by the unique ways some of our heart families & their friends choose to support us & wanted to make sure they know how much we appreciate these special gestures.  We’ll be posting a few ideas a week as a part of our 30 Days of Thanks!

Thank you to Katie Bell, Co-Owner of Pure Barre West Des Moines, for writing up this blog post about their fundraiser this past summer.  Their event brought in $670 in donations for Help-A-Heart!

On July 14th, as part of a summer pop up class series, Pure Barre West Des Moines hosted a pop-up class at Jasper Winery benefiting Help-A-Heart. We were thrilled that over 75 people came out to sweat with us and donate to an organization that is near to my heart.


In addition to co-owning Pure Barre West Des Moines, I am also a Pediatric ICU nurse at Mercy Medical Center. I have seen the many ways that Help-A-Heart provides support to so many of my former heart patients and their families. I’ve seen firsthand that some of the most important work that Help-A-Heart Iowa does is not providing gifts or meals, but creating a network of support for caregivers of children with heart conditions. Caring for a child with a congenital heart defect presents unique challenges that can feel overwhelming and isolating without a support system like the one that Help-A-Heart has created.


One of my favorite things about being a small business owner is being able to use this platform to give back to the community. Getting to combine my love for Pure Barre with my passion for being a pediatric ICU nurse is even better!

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