This past Saturday, November 10th, Emory hosted its 10th annual Emory Cares Day, an international day of community service. This wonderful tradition highlights Emory’s constant commitment to supporting the surrounding community and showcases the many unique ways students give back. I was lucky to partake in one of the most crafty and creative forms of service along with over 60 students, as well as Dean of Students Bridget Riordan and her daughter: a holiday-card making session! The glitter pens were flying, snowmen and holiday appliques were passed down the long row of students and, after hours of intense crafting, over 600 thoughtful cards were made.
Send A Smile, an organization led by President Tricia McCubbin and started by Emory alumna Reina Factor, is committed to delivering handmade cards to hospitalized children throughout Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as well as to children in foster care. The organization has made over 5,000 cards to date and delivered them throughout the surrounding community, but also to hospitals around the world. As PR Chair of this organization, I take great pride in its simple but meaningful mission. Taking just a few minutes out of your day to doodle on a card can have the most tremendous impact in turning a sick child’s day around.
Send A Smile and the other amazing organizations participating in Emory Cares Day reflect that there are so many ways to give back, especially here at Emory. Whether you want to volunteer at an animal shelter or tutor at an impoverished school, whether you would like to help build a house or do something as simple as create a card, your effort makes a true impact on our community.
For more information about Send A Smile, please check out the organization’s website: http://www.send-a-smile.org/. Keep up the spirited volunteer work, Emory!