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Second annual 'Hearts to Hospitals' campaign a success
“Mine are the children whose patients’ wounds you cannot see, and my children have wounds that cannot be healed with medicine alone,” explained Michele Czechowski, director of St. Francis Medical Center’s CARES Program, which aims to help those ages 3-21 with severe emotional, behavioral or psychiatric needs.
However, thanks to the generosity of the Diocese of Trenton’s 31 elementary schools, Czechowski’s patients – and the young patients of nearly 10 hospitals around the state – will know someone holds them close in heart.
“Sometimes only a child can make another child smile, so thank you,” she said.
Czechowski was among the more than 100 students, principals, teachers, parents and hospital representatives gathered May 7 in the Diocesan Chancery, Lawrenceville, for a news conference to highlight the success of the second annual service project known as “Hearts to Hospitals: Hearts to Lead – Hands to Help.” They were joined by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.[…Continue Reading]
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The project, titled “Hearts to Hospitals: Hearts to Lead – Hands to Help,” enables schoolchildren in each of the Diocese’s 31 elementary schools to donate get-well cards, small gifts and gift cards from local vendors to those undergoing care in hospitals and their families throughout the four counties, with the goal of making time there more comfortable.
The service project in which each school teams with the larger community reinforces what Catholic education is all about, maintains its coordinator, Judy A. Nicastro of the diocesan Department of Catholic Schools. Moreover, “Hearts To Hospitals [teaches] our students about everything surrounding children’s health issues and their subsequent experiences, and opens up students’ awareness of all the various professionals that work toward making the lives of sick children better,” Nicastro said..[…Continue Reading]