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“Have a Heart”
Volunteer Day for Caitlin’s Smiles

Caitlin’s Smiles will hold a combination volunteer day and fundraiser on Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 10 am to 4 pm, at New Hope Church, 584 Colonial Club Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17112.

“‘Have a Heart’ Day is a great opportunity for people to help us send smiles to hospitalized children,” commented Cheryl Hornung, founder and director of Caitlin’s Smiles. “Please join us on February 2 and help spread smiles!” Hornung started the organization in 2004 in memory of her 7-year-old daughter who lost her three-year battle with cancer in 2000. “Caitlin would have loved what we are doing.”

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Volunteers will decorate gift bags, assemble craft kits, and make greeting cards to “spread smiles” to children with chronic or life-threatening conditions in hospitals and clinics in the Mid-Atlantic Region. These goodies are included in the “Bags of Smiles” sent by Caitlin’s Smiles to over 90 health care facilities. In 2018, over 14,000 Bags of Smiles were distributed in Pennsylvania and nine other states.

A soup sale, bake sale, and blood drive will run during the Volunteer Day. Soups may be purchased by the bowl or quart. Baked goods will feature Valentine or Super Bowl themes.

The Central Pennsylvania Bloodmobile will also be on hand to receive blood donations. Blood donation is a short, simple process that enhances and saves the lives of local patients. Donating blood may be one of the most important things anyone can do. It is a safe and easy process, and it takes approximately 45 minutes.

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Those wishing to volunteer for Caitlin's Smiles’ “Have a Heart” Day should register online here. Craft sessions will run in two-hour periods, from 10 am to noon, noon to 2 pm, and 2 to 4 pm. Prizes will be raffled throughout the day.

The cost of admission is one NEW craft item. Suggested items include: coloring books, pony beads, plastic lacing (gimp), Play-Doh®, activity books (Sudoku, crosswords, word searches, etc.), Play-Doh® minis, chenille stems, or zip-locking baggies (quart/sandwich/snack).

The flyer is located here.