The holidays and Christmas are a popular time to give to those in need. One of my friends was recently telling me about a charity in the Flushing area called the Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation that helps raise funds to offer free heart screenings to middle and high school students.

Read more information on the Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation below, and to donate and learn more, visit www.TommysHeart.org.

This Foundation is in memory and honor of Thomas Noah Smith, age 17, who brought abundant joy to this world and died, too soon, due to an undiagnosed enlarged heart.

Our purpose: To make sure middle and high school students have access to free heart screenings by raising funds to provide local hospitals with mobile cardiac equipment.

We never charge for our teen heart screenings and every teen is welcome to attend, no matter where they live.

Our Mission: To prevent all families from suffering the loss of a child, by providing early detection & education for teenage heart ailments.

Thank you to everyone who volunteers, donates, and gives of their time and talents to save the lives of our children.