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December 15, 2015
I’m part of a charity group called National Charity League (NCL) and as a group we do things like cook dinner for the homeless shelter, donate gently used possessions as holiday gifts, and make blankets for the children's hospital. It’s really nice to work together on a group project like that but I just really felt like I wanted to do something on my own. I wanted it to be something where I could be creative and exposed to different aspects such as raising money, creating a website, and advocating, where basically the possibilities were endless. I felt like when I was doing things with my charity group, we would set a goal and reach it and then be done, but I did not want this to end. I wanted to accomplish something that would be meaningful to the person who received my donation, or whatever it would be, but also I wanted it to be meaningful to me. I wanted to prove to myself that I could overcome issues and problem solve, to show myself that I could do what I put my mind to. Most importantly, I wanted to be able to see the reactions of the people I would be helping. I wanted to be able to witness the recipient's feelings whether it be happiness, gratitude, sadness or a mix of everything even if it was just for a second. So I knew I wanted a creative, personal, and hands-on experience. I just needed to figure out what I could do that would help others and provide me with that. Just like most people, I have had people close to me be diagnosed with cancer. When my aunt was diagnosed, I was young and was not very aware of everything that was going on, but as I got older I better understood what she had gone through. With that in my mind I had a talk with a close family friend, who had also been diagnosed with cancer years prior. She told me her stories about the people that helped patients and what kinds of things they provided to help make her journey a little easier. She told me that never once had anyone ever donated headscarves. She was really surprised that nobody seemed to think of it. I immediately knew that filling this service void would be the perfect project. Providing these women with headscarves would be very personal, and I would totally be able to put my own creative spin on it. There were so many different ways I could do it. When I shared my idea with the Breast Health Specialist at Norwalk hospital in Norwalk, CT she was really excited. Her excitement inspired me even more. She confirmed that no one had done this before, and that it would be extremely meaningful for the patients. But, even more than that, I wanted the patients to know that there are people besides the ones closest to them that also care about them and are rooting for them. She told me that the patients would be so appreciative and grateful and that really moved me to get the project launched as soon as I could.