Net Impact helps terminally ill kids smile


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Amanda Duncklee, Community Editor

In the lobby of the Learning Commons on Oct. 10, members of the Net Impact business club set up tables and encouraged students, faculty and staff to participate in an activity for Caitlin’s Smiles.

Caitlyn’s Smiles is a charity started in 2004 in honor of Caitlyn Hornung, a young girl who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in 1997 and passed away in 2000 at the age of seven. Her mother started the charity in her honor. More information can be found on Caitlin Smiles.

Members of the club sat behind tables and provided members of the Marywood community with markers, crayons and paper to make cards for terminally ill children.

Those making the cards could not write phrases such as “get well soon” or anything related to a religious belief.

This is the fourth time Net Impact has hosted this event.

“I think it’s really sweet seeing people write personal and meaningful messages to make kids feel better,” said Amanda Gary, a freshman hospitality major.

The cards go into Smile Bags, which are filled with toys, art kits and Play-Doh. Marywood students only provide the cards for the Smile Bags.

Megan Faxon, a senior business management major and the president of the club said she was happy about the club’s community service event.

“We usually have about 150 cards from people outside of Net-Impact,” said Faxon. “It’s a good way for the club to build community in and out of Marywood; it brightens some kids’ days when they receive the cards and Smile Bags.”

Senior psychology major Emily Schweiger took some time out of her day to stop by and make a card.

“I love that Marywood has so many service opportunities,” said Schweiger. “It’s nice that we can extend that service beyond Marywood.”

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