by GABBIE KEERAN, CSU Public Relations Intern
With three consecutive national titles under its belt, the Community Engagement Office within Student Activities is spearheading another run at creating the most Cardz for Kidz as part of March Gladness.
Individuals and Recognized Student Organizations are again invited to participate in the annual March card-creating event that sends greetings and well-wishes to the young and the elderly in hospitals, shelters, foster care and nursing homes.
This year’s event that is part of the annual March Gladness observance will be expanded to include Covid-19 patients.
The Cardz for Kidz campaign launches Monday, March 1, and concludes Monday, March 29.
Karen Anderson, assistant director for Community Engagement, said while maintaining bragging rights as the best among U.S. colleges and universities is a nice perk, the true gratification is bringing hope and support to someone in need.
Phrases such as “Get Well Soon” are discouraged. Rather than focus on a recipient’s condition, Anderson said messages should seek to bolster spirits.
“Cardz for Kidz is meant to be uplifting and cheerful,” Anderson said. “Be creative. Write Dad jokes and silly puns. Or, show off your artistic side.”
Individual wishing to participate can pick up a packet of supplies starting March 1. Packets with instructions will be available at any residence hall desk, the library of the Community Engagement Office in Student Activities (CSU173).
Adding to the spirit of competition at the local level, Anderson said university RSOs can enter the group competition.The group with the most appropriate and well-made cards could receive a cash prize that would go into the RSO account. First place offers $150, with $100 and $50 for the respective second and third place winners.