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Handmade Cards Made Special by Caring

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015

Local school children made Valentine's Day cards for patients at Doylestown Hospital and the Pine Run Health Center. The project represented service in action.

Sometimes a simple gesture means more than it appears. Such was the case with a recent project that saw local elementary school students make cards for people they don't even know.

The children had fun crafting Valentine's Day cards in their after-school programs, and gave a nice pick-me-up to patients at Doylestown Hospital and Pine Run Health Center,two components of Doylestown Health.

The Valentine's Day card project was a partnership between CB Cares Educational Foundation and the Central Bucks School District. Students in the after-school program from 15 elementary schools participated. They lovingly made cards for the sick and recuperating, decorating them with glitter, doilies and candy.

More than 300 of the handmade cards were displayed last week at Monkey's Uncle, Busy Bee Toys and Posh Salong in Doylestown before being distributed.

Besides being fun for the students and thoughtful for the patients, the project underscored the 40 Assets upon which CB Cares is built. Service to Others, Creative Activities and Caring are among the 40 developmental assets that help young people make wise decisions, choose positive paths and learn to be caring and responsible.

"For us this is a way to celebrate positive choices and touch upon many assets all at once," said CB Cares Executive Director Kimberly Cambra. "The students learned community value, caring and sense of purpose."

And those who were hospitalized or recuperating in the Pine Run Health Center benefited from the project, as well. "Each resident smiled when we handed them a card," reported Tracy Mullarkey, director of Life Enrichment at the Health Center. And their day was made a little brighter.

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