Our mission is to share the love of Jesus Christ with children confined to hospitals; and to assist families of non-cancer patients experiencing financial hardships.
Christ’s Starfish Foundation is a 501(c) (3) Christian organization that helps hurting children and their families in the Jacksonville, Gainesville, and Pensacola, Florida areas. We do this by providing two services. First we provide support to the child life specialists for all of the children at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Jacksonville, at Shands Hospital, Gainesville, and Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. One of the biggest ways we do this is to provide Christmas presents to the children who are in the hospital on Christmas Day.
We also provide support to the families of children with non-cancer illnesses. There are two organizations that provide support to the families of children with cancer; Tom Coughlin’s Jay Fund and a child cancer group started by parents of children who have cancer. The hospitalization of a child requires that at least one parent be with them during their stay. This often results in missed work and no pay. Examples of expenses we may help with would include rent or mortgage payments, electric bills, phone bills, gas expense, and food.
What’s in a Name?
Some people ask about our name. Have you ever heard the story of the little boy picking up starfish on the beach? He picked them up one by one and threw them back into the ocean. A man who had been watching from far off approached him and said, “Son there are hundreds of starfish on the beach, you will never be able to save them all.” The little boy stooped down,picked up a starfish and with a grin on his face, tossed it into the ocean. He then turned to the man and said, “I made a difference to that one.” At Christ’s Starfish Foundation that is all we are trying to do. We are trying to make a difference, one hurting family at a time.
Hospitals We Serve