- Published: February 10, 2016
The Houston Fire Fighters Burned Children's Fund initiated the Sweetheart Dance in 2014 as a way for children experiencing extended hospital recovery stays due to burn injuries to feel beautiful, have fun and just be kids.
The dance, which coincides with Burn Awareness Week and Valentine's Day, is held for the benefit of patients in recovery at Shriners Hospitals for Children - Galveston. Patients are able to select special outfits, have their hair and makeup fixed by professionals, and are treated to sweet treats from a local bakery and restaurant. A DJ plays music for the big dance, and decorations transform the cafeteria into a pink and red wonderland. Patients and families can take pictures in the photo booth and everyone walks away with goody bags.
Children, young and old, and parents too, dance with the firefighters who come dressed in their uniforms. The dance, now in its third year, allows children to be just that - children. To dance, smile and be their beautiful selves. Thank you to our many supporters for helping to make this very special event possible.