Calling all Bags of Cheer volunteers!

Making valentine cards for Cancer Center patients is fun and rewarding

valentine1Each year since 2009, Jackie Creager and a dozen or so South Campus colleagues get together over lunch to make Valentine’s Day cards for the Cancer Center’s Bags of Cheer program. Jackie, who is a U-M Information Technology Services business systems analyst, says it is a nice break from her all-day computer job to relax over lunch with her fellow volunteers while turning an array of scrapbook supplies into such a worthwhile project for hospital patients.

“I collect supplies all year from craft stores, and bring in cute pictures of my kids, grandkids, and my flowers. I even use pictures of my dogs,” she says. “Others bring supplies, too, and we all look over each other’s shoulders and enjoy seeing what kinds of designs are developing – that’s part of the fun.” Continue reading

Heart-felt Thanks To All Our Valentines

Who can remember exchanging those cheerful, silly cards in elementary school in honor of St. Valentine’s Day?valentine1

On February 14, patients at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center experienced the same good wishes and cheer that go along with these charming exchanges when our annual ‘Bags of Cheer’ project distributed handmade Valentines to adult inpatients and clinic patients alike. Since 2000, the U-M Cancer Center Volunteer and Community Resources Program has coordinated the ‘Bags of Cheer’ project, which helps to bring back fond memories and lets patients know we are thinking specially of them.  This year, 623 bags, each stuffed to the brim with cards, were distributed.

The success for this project is due to our volunteers of all ages, from as far away as Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, who contribute the Valentines. For many, creating the cards is an annual commitment. We are grateful to them and offer our heart-felt appreciation for everything they do for our patients.

Here are some of the comments this year’s contributors made when sending in their completed Valentines: Continue reading