Chocolate or a Place for Patients and Families to Sleep? What Will Make Your Valentine’s Day Better?



AUSTIN, Texas – (Feb. 10, 2015) – This Valentine’s Day, grow the love.

Why spend money on heart-shaped candy boxes and stuffed teddy bears, when you can give a gift that truly makes a difference for hospital patients and families facing a medical crisis?

For years, Sister Mary Rose McPhee, a Daughter of Charity and former president of Seton Medical Center Austin, was touched by families sleeping on makeshift beds in the hallways while their loved ones are hospitalized.

Many are from outlying areas and cannot make the daily travel or afford a hotel. She helped establish the Seton League House to provide a comfortable and dignified place for them to get a peaceful night’s rest.

“I had never heard of anything like Seton League House until I was diagnosed with cancer. I needed an affordable place to stay – close to the hospital – so I could get my treatments,” recalled Judy Karnes, who with her husband, Tom, spent many nights at Seton League House.

“I now realize how important and helpful a place like this is for families going through a tough time. Families like ours really benefited from the extra support, love and attention,” Karnes said.

For many patients and families who stay here, the cost of a room strains their already stretched budgets. Your donation is a gift of comfort and love – and helps provide a home away from home at a time when it’s most needed.

Just $35 will provide a night of rest; $250 provides a full week’s stay so families can focus on caring for and supporting loved ones who are receiving care at nearby hospitals.

You can donate now by clicking here.

As a special thank you for your donation, your name and any special messages you have for our guests will be placed on the giving tree in the Seton League House lobby.

Help grow the love at the Seton League House by making a gift today.

About the Seton League House

Established in 1979, the Seton League House serves approximately 2,500 families each year, many of whom are unable to pay the full $35 nightly rate. Generous donations help keep its doors open to anyone facing a medical crisis and in need of place to stay.

The Seton League House’s 39 private rooms are simple, but cozy, clean and equipped with mini-fridges, cable TV and free wireless internet. The indoor common area offers fully equipped work stations and comfortable seating, while the outdoor patio provides a place to enjoy fresh air and sunshine.

All donations benefit charity care at the Seton League House.