Commercial greeting cards often take a back seat when the creative hands and minds of children express themselves.
Last year Jean Thomasberger, director of PAK (Park Avenue Kids), was teaching the children in her before-and-after-school program at Park Avenue Elementary School how to create their own Christmas and holiday greeting cards when she realized their project could bring much joy to others.
“At first I learned that handmade cards were being sent to injured soldiers, recovering in VA hospitals,” Thomasberger said. “And so we sent out about 30 of our cards to them. But then I spoke to Anita Volpe, the nurse manager in the Medical Surgical Department at St. Anthony Community Hospital, and we thought it would also be a good idea to give cards out to patients at the hospital.”
Thomasberger stated that the children are very creative with their artwork, drawing different designs and pictures celebrating the holiday season. Some even produced three-dimensional art in the true spirit of creativity and individualism.
This year the children, assisted by Thomasberger’s staff including Dawn Trone, Marilyn Schmidlin and Karen Laiso, once again decorated these cards in the hope of livening up patients’ hospital rooms. Some even wrote personalized messages of well wishes to the patients.