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Mar 4, 2022
MINGO JUNCTION — Students in the Indian Creek Local School District are again reaching out to help patients at Teramana Cancer Center by collecting supplies for their Chemo Care Packages project, but there is still a need for items to fulfill the goal.
Hills Elementary second-grade schoolteacher Sarah Hibbits is spearheading the service learning project that she started at Wintersville Elementary and said Hills and the current Cross Creek Elementary are both involved. Hibbits said it will benefit students’ friends, family members and others who are patients at the Steubenville facility. Collections have been held since February but were extended until March 11 due to snow days, plus many items are still needed to complete the packages.
Plans are to gather hundreds of new supplies and fill 200 tote bags with food, personal care and miscellaneous items that will be distributed to the patients. Hibbits launched the project six years ago but it faced some delays due to COVID-19.
“We are doing 200 bags again this year and we’re teaming up with Cross Creek Elementary since that’s where it originated,” she said. “We did something similar last year because in 2020 we shut down [for the pandemic] three days before we were to send the bags to Teramana. The food was donated to the Bay Six Project and we stored the other items and then took bags to (the cancer center).”
Plans are back in action and hopes are to surpass last year’s amount of 202 bags, but many items are still greatly needed to make it happen. They include individual sleeves of saltine crackers, packaged snacks, bottled water, sugarless gum, hard candy, tuna lunch pouches with crackers, Chaptstick, lotion, travel-sized packages of Wet Wipes, Biotene or dry mouth products, travel-sized packages of tissues, blankets, hats and scarves, slipper socks, puzzle books, journals/notebooks/calendars, pens or pencils, and games or others such as puzzles, books and Bibles. Cash or check donations and gift cards are also accepted and sponsors may also give $20 to help. Online purchases may be shipped to Hills Elementary at 2281 Wilson Ave., Mingo Junction, Ohio, 43938, in care of the second grade.
Hibbits said sponsors and students also add notes of support and the greatest rewards are the cards and smiles received from the thankful recipients.
“We’re trying to rally them as much as we can. We’re always inspired by people who are undergoing therapy. One school parent’s dad was undergoing chemo and he had a suggestion on what to put in the bag, so we’re going to add those also,” she said. “This gives the kids a connection and the cards from patients lets them see the gratitude and learn their personal stories or hear from family members of patients who have passed on. They are unbelievably kind to send their appreciation.”
Hibbits said an assembly will be held when Teramana officials collect the bags for distribution possibly later this month. For information on how to help, contact Hibbits at sarah.hibbits@iclsd.org.
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