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From our hearts, a tribute to a remarkable woman

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Foundation board chair, Carol Campbell. Carol was beloved by colleagues and friends who reflect on her life and the life she brought to those around her.


Thank you for a year of progress

Despite challenges, we took exciting steps forward in 2022 thanks to the kindness and support of our friends and donors, and the commitment of our staff. And we have much to look forward to in 2023.


Candy Cane Lane, flu and covid alert and our final appeal of 2022

Our Candy Cane Lane gift drive is in full swing, a brief update on flu and covid from Linda You, FNP-C and news of our year-end appeal. 

The Kindness of Strangers

Charity had a bad reputation in the late 1800s, the time of The Floating Hospital’s launch. As noted in the hospital’s 1896 annual report, charities that offered free necessities and services to impoverished people were often accused of fostering “pauperism.” 

In that report, the hospital’s president Walter Stanton wrote, “The sick children we care for are not impostors or even paupers; they are not old enough.” By aiding children born into poverty, the Floating Hospital bypassed the public concerns about charities that vilified the poor. Far from encouraging poverty, free healthcare would “make the sick children of today the healthy and strong men and women of tomorrow” who would be capable of supporting themselves. 

In 1914, the Floating Hospital used the relatively new technology of motion pictures to show viewers what life was like in the tenement districts where patients lived. After seeing it, one journalist mused, “There is no longer any excuse for half the world remaining in ignorance of how the other half lives.” 

Throughout our history, we have worked to educate New Yorkers about the hardships many of their neighbors face, explaining the importance of free healthcare for those in need and how donations make our work possible. Though we are no longer at sea, we still depend on generosity to stay afloat. 


Donate to help make healthcare for all New Yorkers a reality


Thank you from all of us at 
The Floating Hospital

Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 3391,
New York, New York 10163

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