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Corrine Schmidt on Volunteering at the Georgetown Hospital Pediatric Center

October 26, 2011

On October 19, members of the Georgetown Scholars Program and Vietnamese Student Association went to volunteer in the Georgetown Hospital pediatric center. While there, we worked with kids to make Halloween crafts. These crafts included trick-or-treat Halloween paper bags, witch hats, and ghosts. While helping to make the crafts, we were able to talk with the children and share jokes, as well as life experiences. We were able to give back to the Georgetown community in service by helping to make the hospital stay for several children a little bit less stressful. This service event was extremely rewarding and we were able to create a fun atmosphere for the children to come and be creative.

Volunteering in the Georgetown Hospital through the Patrick Healy 25 Days of Service was extremely rewarding for me. I did not ever get to know what each child was in the hospital for, and yet, it did not matter. Every child that came to our craft table was treated like the curious, creative, and loving child that they all are. We were able to laugh, share stories, and help each child to make whatever their imaginations could create, and it was so rewarding to be a part of this process. One child enjoyed the craft table so much that he stayed until he literally had around 15 different art pieces to take back to his room with him!

Additionally, it was really fun to be able to work alongside fellow Hoyas that I might not otherwise have ever gotten to know. Working with members of the Georgetown Scholars Program was very neat, as we were able to discuss our lives at Georgetown and relieve some of the stress of the midterm week by making crafts alongside the children and one another. Some of the people that I met at this event have become people that I have seen around since then, and often, I have been able to stop and say "Hi!". It is really neat that this program combines unrelated Georgetown groups in service, because it helps to create a more interconnected community at Georgetown.

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