Campus Middle School students have created a virtual snowstorm inside their school. Thousands of paper snowflakes are hanging from the ceiling and covering some walls and windows. Each one represents a dollar donated by Campus students to The Denver Hospice to help families who are dealing with the terminal illness of a loved one.
“It’s really great to see the kids’ expressions when they turn in their money and know it’s going toward a good cause,” said eighth-grader Samantha Thomas, an officer with National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), which spearheaded the fundraiser. “They’re proud to be part of something and know that they’re helping other kids and families.”
For nearly 30 years, the Campus community has raised funds for The Denver Hospice, an organization that provides comfort and support to patients with advanced illness and their families. The money raised will go into the Christopher’s Angels Fund, named in honor of Christopher Johnson, who passed away on Mother’s Day in 1988 when he was just two years old. His parents started the fund to help other families with basic needs.
David Giordano, vice president of development for The Denver Hospice, says many of the families they serve experience financial hardships because of medical bills and time away from work when caring for a loved one with a terminal illness.
“They’re not asking for the world, they’re asking for basic necessities,” Giordano explained. “ They’re asking for heat in their homes because they don’t have money for that.”
He says the support of the students, staff and families at Campus Middle School makes a big difference.
“We fundraise one dollar at a time to be able to offer services,” Giordano said. “Every dollar counts, every little bit helps.”
“It just feels so good that one dollar can make such a big difference,” NJHS member Rohini Kompella said.
Retired CMS teacher Cathy Edam launched the fundraising project 29 years ago. Since then, students, parents, staff and other members of the Campus community have contributed over $200,000 to help The Denver Hospice help families in their time of need. This year they raised a total of $6,893, up from $6,645 last year. NJHS members are proud of how their classmates and school community stepped up.
“They really loved giving and they loved the snowflakes and they loved the competition,” said NJHS member Hannah Simon.