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Sutherlin Lions support Heartfelt House

December 27, 2018

More than 20 Lions Clubs, including two in Douglas County, have contributed to a new project in Springfield that will offer comfortable and affordable lodging to out-of-town families of patients at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield and University District in Eugene.

The 20,208-square-foot house, which is scheduled to open in June, will only be located a five-minute walk from RiverBend near the Gateway Mall in northwest Springfield.

The Heartfelt House, an $8.4 million project, has sparked the imaginations and pulled at the heartstrings of a diverse group of donors, including individuals, corporations and community service clubs.

Lions Clubs International and local Lions, including the service clubs in Sutherlin and Elkton have raised $220,000 for the Heartfelt House.

Entirely funded through philanthropy, the house is emblematic of the region’s generosity. So far, more than 600 donors have contributed from $10 to $1 million, raising a total of $5.8 million.

A guest house lessens the financial burden of being away from home, but even more importantly, it can help ease the anxiety when a loved one is in need of hospital care.

The housing will provide a warm bed, a kitchen and a place to stay and rest.

Lions Clubs that have contributed to the Heartfelt House include those in Eugene, Springfield, Cottage Grove, Elkton, Sutherlin, Florence, Coos Bay, and several others in western Oregon.

Many other groups and individuals also are have supported the Heartfelt House. Oregon Community Credit Union (OCCU), gave its foundation’s inaugural gift of $500,000 to support the pediatric wing.

The 20-room guest house will have a 10-room pediatric wing and an a 10-room adult wing. It will be a collaboration between PeaceHealth, and Ronald McDonald House Charities, which will oversee day-to-day operations.

Ands no one will be turned away because of inability to pay.

The Heartfelt House officials anticipate serving up to 1,500 families a year.

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