Helping Hands Warming Hearts

Last fall, a small group of mothers created Helping Hands Warming Hearts, a charity service league for their daughters who are 2nd grade students at St. Thomas More Catholic School in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Service Club
The members of the service club assemble valentines for pediatric patients at the N.C. Cancer Hospital.

The group quickly expanded to include 22 of the girl’s classmates who meet monthly to learn more about local non-profit organizations and how they can help others in the local community.

Each month the Helping Hands Warming Hearts league members learn about a local non-profit organization and do a project to support that group, such as creating table centerpieces, making cards, or baking cookies. 

Mary Scott
Mary Scott delivers the valentines made by the service group.

For the month of February, the group selected UNC Lineberger and the N.C. Cancer Hospital as their featured non-profit.  During their meeting, the girls learned that there are children – their same age – being treated for cancer only a few blocks from their school, at the N.C. Cancer Hospital. 

According to Jennifer Cox, the lead parent for this month’s activity, “It was an eye-opening revelation for these girls to realize that other children their age are very sick and fighting cancer.  The girls were genuinely concerned and wanted to do something to brighten the day for those young patients.”

The young league members worked hard to create special Valentines with personalized messages of encouragement for patients undergoing treatment in the Pediatric Oncology and Hematology Clinic at the N.C. Cancer Hospital. 

On February 12, Jennifer Cox and her daughter, Mary Scott (age 8), delivered the handmade Valentines and toured the clinic.  The other members of her service League look forward to Mary Scott reporting about her visit during their March meeting.

Thank you Jennifer, Mary Scott, and everyone involved with Helping Hands Warming Hearts for thinking of our pediatric patients this Valentine’s Day.