The charity was founded by two children.
TJ and Isabella
Gifted Hearts, a 501c charity, provides medical care packs, school supplies, and essential living items to children locally and around the world.
The charity was founded in 2015 by two children. Brother and sister TJ and Isabella Manfuso, residing on Long Island, NY, have parents who are avid travelers. TJ and Isabella have been fortunate to have traveled with their parents to many countries.
Through their travels, they discovered that many children lack basic needs such as school supplies and medical care. From their experiences they were inspired to form the Gifted Hearts charity. To date they have provided supplies to Ecuador, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and the Philippines, as well as to their local community in Huntington, NY.
Gifted Hearts has sponsored numerous events in various parts of the world. Our recent events are pictured below.
Events from Gifted Hearts through the years can be seen in our Hearts Gallery.
March 16, 2019
Gifted Hearts hostess in the Philippines Rachel Stauffer, with helpers, presented children with pencils, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and face cloths in Gifted Hearts backpacks. Children also received sandals, toys and candy, and families were given rice, sardines, noodles and laundry bars. A meal of sandwiches and juice was served, and games were played.
This event was particularly emotional, as some of the native children in this rural area had never worn shoes or used toothbrushes, and others were wearing broken shoes. The area had recently been flooded, and surplus books from TJ and Isabella were donated to the school.
March 17, 2019
Tuael is a fertile growing area above the village of President Roxas in North Cotabato province. The Barangay Center kindly provided use of their gymnasium for the Gifted Hearts event, where the families of a local church received clothing and food items, and school supplies and toys. “Musical Chairs” and “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” were played for entertainment, and the attending families provided a yummy lunch. One single mother with no family was especially grateful for the gift of rice.
March 17, 2019
Local residents met at the home of Rachel’s relatives, Rex and Jonah Acelar, for a distribution of school supplies and toys, and food items. A widow with three children, and a classmate of Rachel’s whom she hadn’t seen in 40 years who is a widow with five children, were among the grateful recipients.
ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH
CENTER MORICHES, USA
Gifted Heart’s hostess Robyn Feld presented gifts to children at St. John the Evangelist Church in Center Moriches, New York on Christmas Eve, 2018 and Little Christmas (January 6), 2019.
Rachel Stauffer, hostess for Gifted Hearts in the Philippines, provided a meal, games, and food and gifts distribution in President Roxas, Philippines in March, 2018.
HOME FOR THE AGED
Gifted Hearts sponsored a donation of diapers, personal items, and snacks at the Home for the Aged in Tugbok, Philippines in January, 2017.