The Blue Heron Foundation was formed in 2002 by Stefania Magidson. Stefania and her parents were among the fortunate ones who managed to escape the brutal Ceausescu regime and move to America in the l980’s. Now that she has grown up, married and had children of her own, Stefania has undertaken the formidable task of trying to do something really positive to help those less fortunate children left behind. Helping Romanian orphans is more possible now than ever before. The country is being fully integrated into the West and its economic and political outlook has never been brighter. Their vastly improved economic situation has finally allowed the Romanian government to help many of its orphans, but there are still tens of thousands in need. Stefania believes that for these children to be left behind in a time of such promise would be a double tragedy.
Because the price of goods and services in Romania is still extremely reasonable by international standards, Blue Heron is able to have an immediate and substantial impact. Gifts to the foundation truly go a very long way. Just a hundred dollars a month pays the full-time salary of a caregiver to hold and cuddle infants. A hundred and fifty dollars will pay for a full-time registered nurse. Five thousand dollars will provide a wonderful library. Ten thousand dollars will buy a fully equipped playground.
As part of Los Angeles’s Magidson family, Stefania has been able to draw on their decades of expeience with philanthropic activities to make sure that every dollar collected goes directly to helping the children. The foundation has no paid employees (only volunteers) and all operating expenses are paid for by the founders.
Stefania feels that contributing or volunteering one’s time to the foundation is not only enormously rewarding, but an extremely effective way to have an immediate positive impact on little lives. A small contribution can make a very big difference to the future of these wonderful children.
The name “Blue Heron”, which in Native American symbolism stands for inner reflection and manifestation of one’s spiritual path, is also an acronym for Be Loving Unselfish Enlightened Help Every Romanian Orphan Now. For more information on the Blue Heron Foundation, call (310) 275-2217 or go to their website at www.blueheronfoundation.org.