Although MANY things have changed since I was in school, one thing has remained the same: the joy of a classroom party. No matter the holiday, it was always so fun to coordinate outfits, play games, and enjoy treats with my classmates. Unfortunately not all kids get to experience fun events like Valentine’s Day classroom parties, however, because they are battling diseases such as cancer and other debilitating diseases. But we can send e-valentines to the brave patients at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago this Valentine’s Day through the Handfuls of Love program. If we all come together, we can throw the ULTIMATE Valentine’s Day classroom party.
The Handfuls of Love Program is a campaign to shower patients (and their families) with love and positive support at the Lurie Children’s Hospital and its 12 satellite locations. This year’s goal is to deliver 15,000 valentines to patients to show them an overwhelming amount of support while they fight their medical battles.
Members of the public can choose from four different designs and are encouraged to personalize messages with messages of encouragement. This is a great opportunity to not only teach your child how to show empathy for others, but also to practice their literacy skills in a powerful way. Click here to get started on your e-valentine.
For other ways to celebrate the month of love, check out my Guide to Valentine’s Day in Chicagoland.