"Pink Heart Funds" appreciates new, donated space in Long Beach

By Steve Phillips - bio | email

LONG BEACH, MS  (WLOX) - The founder of "Pink Heart Funds" is all smiles, thanks to a generous donation in Long Beach. That non-profit group provides free wigs to children and adult cancer patients.

One week ago, Steve Phillips reported the story of the group's desperate need for a larger space. There's good news to share in our follow-up story.

Pink Heart fund volunteers spent Friday morning in moving mode. They're packing up and moving out of what had been a very cramped space in JoAn Niceley's former home hair salon.

Once they loaded all the boxes and wigs and accessories, they headed for the brand new Pink Heart headquarters just a few miles down the road.

"Here we go," said a smiling JoAn Niceley, as she hauled a box into the new office space.

A Long Beach couple was touched by our story about Pink Hearts desperate need for more space. That story aired a week ago.

"15 minutes later, the phone rang, and it was Geri Johnson. Geri and her husband Morris Johnson said we have a building if you want it. Come look at it, and it's yours," said Niceley.

The 1,200 square foot office space on Beatline Road is a perfect fit for the non-profit. Individual rooms will serve as private fitting areas for cancer patients.

"This is going to be the breast prosthesis fitting room. So, now we'll have a private area for that," she said, while showing visitors the new space.

With so many boxes and products crammed into the old 300 square foot space, a new area four times that big is a blessing indeed.

"This is probably my favorite part, this big storage area. Wait until you see all these shelves. This is so awesome," said the Pink Heart Funds founder, as she toured the storage room.

Carol Ann North is on the board of directors for the non-profit.

"Means we can grow, means we can be here on a continual basis, and we can serve the patients and the public better," North said.

"When I came and looked at it, I just started crying. I was so excited. And they handed me the key and I said, 'How long do I have it?' And they said, 'As long as you need it'," said Niceley.

"I think it's great. I applaud the Johnsons for their giving and their sacrifice. It's going to be a blessing to so many people. I think it's going to be beyond measure," said volunteer, Janet Welch.

The new space is located on Beatline Road just south of Pineville Road.

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