The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 18, 2013

High school students send out holiday cards to sick, elderly

By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News

— DANVILLE – Between 150 and 200 Danville High School student volunteers wrote more than 200 handwritten holiday letters to give hospital patients and nursing home residents some seasonal cheer.

The students began writing the letters last week as part of the school’s second annual Holiday Letters of Kindness for the Community. Last year, they sent out about 200 letters and seem poised to beat that total this year, according to school counselor and event co-organizer Stephenie Butler. “We’re going on 300 this year,” she said. Butler was assisted both years by Erin Coughey, a high school librarian and English teacher.

Locations the cards are going include Geisinger’s Foss Clinic, The Women’s Center of Columbia and Montour counties, Geisinger’s Ronald McDonald House and the Maria Hall retirement center, which requested about 200 cards on its own.

Each letter began with the T.A. Barron quote “Every piece of the universe, even the tiniest little snow crystal matters, somehow. I have a place in the pattern, and so do you. Thinking of you this holiday season.”

“People don’t get handwritten holiday letters any more. A lot of these people may not have someone coming to see them,” Butler said.

 

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