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U-M CCC - Progress Newsletter Summer 2003 Online

Volunteer Spotlight

Valentine's Day is full of smiles as excited children open the many special cards they receive from friends and secret admirers. Lifting the lid of a decorated shoebox and gleefully looking inside is a pleasant memory for many adults as well. The Cancer Center Volunteer and Community Resources Program wished to bring back fond memories and let adult patients know that we think of them on Valentine's Day too. As a result, three years ago the "Valentine Bag" project began. With the assistance of volunteers, staff and numerous community groups, 300+ bags are decorated each year, then filled with the Valentine cards that are so generously donated or sweetly handmade. A candy treat is added to the bag, then tied off with a poem and caring wishes. Bags are distributed to hospitalized cancer patients, as well as each adult arriving for a clinic appointment throughout the Cancer Center.

A patient responded this year writing, "I was so surprised to receive a bag full of Valentine goodies when I went to the Cancer Center yesterday. What a thoughtful thing to do! It indeed did brighten my day immeasurably, and I appreciated it so much. Your thoughtfulness and work meant a great deal to me. Thank you again!"

The success of this project is due in large part to the involvement of a multitude of volunteer groups assisting in a variety of ways.

Some organizations anonymously donated wonderful cards. A sincere thank you to all organizations and individuals who participated in any way! Special thanks to the following groups who contributed cards or decorated bags: University Students Against Cancer, U-M campus; Our Lady of Victory, Northville; Imagination Station Pre-School, Grass Lake; Calvary Christian Church, Flushing; Mr. Clements' 3rd Grade class, Hanover-Horton Elementary; Mrs. Elliott's 4th Grade class, McGregor Elementary, Sand Creek; Immanuel Lutheran Sunday School, Dearborn Heights; St. Hugo of the Hills 3rd Grade class, Bloomfield Hills; St. Michael Cub Scouts, Bear Den #5, Westland; Mrs. Popiel's 5th Grade class, St. Michael's, Livonia; Brownie and Junior Troop (Maureen Edson), Bloomfield Hills; Boy Scouts of Madelyn Stimetz, Farmington Hills; Pinckney Girl Scouts and Mrs. Oosterhouse's 1st Grade class, HT Smith Elementary School, Fowlerville.

If you or your organization would like to be involved in future projects, please contact Mary McCully, program coordinator, Volunteer and Community Resources Program, at (734) 936-8307 or mmccully@umich.edu.


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