Contributed by Amy Stevens Amy_D_Stevens@Wellmont.org
KINGSPORT – Volunteers are helping spread a little cheer at Holston Valley Medical Center by delivering handmade greeting cards to patients.
The Cheer Card program solicits homemade greeting cards from community groups like churches, scouting groups, schools and civic clubs. Volunteers at Holston Valley then deliver the cards to patients.
Launched a year ago, the Cheer Card program has been well received, said Kay Mitchell, director of volunteer services and Planetree coordinator for the hospital.
“A simple card that says ‘thinking of you’ or ‘get well soon’ can really brighten the day of someone in the hospital,” Mitchell said.
Cards made by kids are especially popular with patients.
“Kids really get creative with their cards,” she said. “Some of their artwork is fantastic. They like to embellish their cards with decorative touches. Some of them even decorate the envelope.
“The response to handmade cards from kids is just incredible.”
Some groups even go the extra mile and deliver their handmade cards in person.
“We had the Robinson Middle School Community Club create some cards, and the teacher brought in the students so they could give out the cards in the skilled nursing unit and pediatrics,” Mitchell said. “This is a project that gives kids an opportunity to feel good about doing something good for the community.”
Crafting cheer cards is not limited to kids. Anyone can get involved. For more information on spreading a little cheer, please call Mitchell at 423-224-6042.
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