Name:Superheroes for Hospice
Started by:Spiro Ballas
What Do They Do?:Superheroes for Hospice raises money for the Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Centers. They raise money for the patients and families treated at the hospice. The hospice is a center helping families with advanced illnesses.
Location:Superheroes for Hospice
Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center
95 Old Short Hills Road
West Orange, New Jersey 07052
How You Can Help:There are many ways that you can help Superheroes for Hospice. One of the main ways is to donate comic books, graphic novels, sealed action figures, and other comic related material. They sell them at their events to raise money for the hospice. All donations are tax deductible and greatly help out families in need. You can also donate your time in sorting the comic books for sale and getting things ready. Creators can donate their time to make appearances and meet fans, which helps bring in more people to purchase the comics for sale.
History:Superheroes for Hospice was started by Spiro Ballas, the senior volunteer coordinator for the Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center. Since 2009, they have raised over $38,000 for the center which provides a special kind of care for people. According to their website, “Today, hospice care is based on the philosophy of providing emotional, spiritual, physical support, and comfort to people in the final phases of life, usually in the last six months.”
Superheroes for Hospice holds comic book events similar to a mini comic book convention. They have boxes and boxes of comic books priced at one dollar or less. The sales events also bring in guest comic book artists and writers to sign autographs and meet fans. They have even launched a lecture series with comic book creators and industry experts with talks about getting into the comic book industry, comic book promotion, and publishing.
One of the great things about Superheroes for Hospice is that Spiro volunteers his own time for this event. As a volunteer coordinator, he sought to be an example first for others to follow and continues to seek for ways to raise funds for the hospice and help others in need. He is always looking for comic book donations and help with sorting comic books. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Spiro at the email above.