2016 Pile of Smile Valentine Workshop

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I vividly remember the excitement of Valentine’s Day as a child. I agonized over finding the perfect set of cards to hand out to my schoolmates. We made heart pouches in class to hold our cards and couldn’t wait to go through all the lovely messages. Fast forward a good number of years later and I can’t remember the last time I even bought Valentine cards, let alone made one. Like with most things when we get older, it’s easy to forget the simple joys of childhood.

But for some, childhood isn’t always so simple. There are children all over the world that struggle to lead normal lives while battling cancer. They have a lot more to worry about than what cards they are going to get at the store. Sometimes they have to miss school altogether.

PileOfSmileWorkshopPile of Smile knows that a little act of kindness can go a long way. That’s why we partnered with our friends at Jammin Java and South Block Juice Co. to put together a free workshop inviting people to make Valentine’s Day cards for children in need.

Kids—young and old—came together and enjoyed a day surrounded by good people, fun craft paper designs, and glitter….lots and lots of glitter. It was amazing to see the love and care that went into making each card. We were able to make many unique cards. Share some laughs. And dropped only one container of glitter on the carpet.

And thanks to the generosity of those who came, we were able to send cards to all our wish kids and donors with the utmost love. We were also able to send 10 cards and 10 of our activity books to 5 new cancer treatment centers.

Whether you’re making or receiving it, art can really heal the soul.

For those who made cards with us, thank you for taking time out of your day to make someone else smile. We hope to see you again at another workshop soon.

For those receiving cards, thank you for being our Valentine. Thank you for being brave. Thank you for being you.

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