CFS students make homemade cards for WMC patients
This spring, WMC patients will be treated to an extra dose of kindness thanks to Kindergarten through eighth grade CFS (Calmar, Festina, Spillville) Catholic School students and the WMC Foundation. As a service project to celebrate Catholic Schools Week, students completed hand-made cards to share with patients who receive care at Winneshiek Medical Center. The students also made thank-you cards for WMC Foundation donors in appreciation of their financial support for life-saving equipment, like the newest ambulance and ultrasound equipment.
Older students helped younger students with the service project, which involved finger painting, gluing, and lots of smiles and laughter. In all, the students completed approximately 500 hand-made cards.
This is the second year CFS and the WMC Foundation have partnered to serve others. Last year, the students spent the afternoon tying 70 fleece blankets for pediatric patients at WMC. The blankets were distributed to patients in need of extra comfort when at the medical center for a procedure or stay in the hospital.
Speaking on behalf of the organizers of CFS Catholic Schools Week, including teachers Emily Elsbernd, Susanne Twedt, Joyce Welch, Megan Olson, and Emily Halder, Emily Elsbernd says, “1 Peter 4:10 states, ‘As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.’ Our intent as a Catholic school is to help students realize that Biblical teachings can be applied today.” She adds, “We chose Winneshiek Medical Center as the recipient of our students’ efforts due to the fact that many families within our school have received assistance from or know someone who has received help from there. As WMC helps us (the community) obtain the gift of improved health through patient-centered collaboration, we feel that we can utilize that gift to bring the love and kindness of God into other’s lives.”
Holly Kanengieter, coordinator for the WMC Foundation says, “The WMC Foundation’s mission is to connect community gifts with the caring work at WMC to impact lives. There are other ways to involve the community in that mission than just giving financial gifts Our relationship with CFS is a wonderful example of donors and volunteers coming together to provide and give healing gifts to our patients.”