Students at Campus Middle School came together this holiday season to continue a 28-year tradition of supporting families who are dealing with the terminal illness of a loved one. Led by members of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), students raised $6,644.96 for The Denver Hospice, an organization that provides comfort and support to patients with advanced illness and their families.
CMS teacher and NJHS sponsor, Meagen Fox, said the project began with students taking the time to learn about how The Denver Hospice helps families in need.
“We brought Hospice in to talk to our NJHS students so they understood what they were collecting money for and then we played a video for the whole school that explains what the money goes to,” said Fox.
NJHS students spent one week selling paper snowflakes for $1 apiece. They now hang in classrooms throughout the school, reminding students and staff that anyone and everyone can make a difference.
The school’s top fundraiser was seventh-grader Yubo Wang, who raised $400.
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.
“Often times, when people are going through hospice or palliative care, their loved ones have to be away from work, sometimes they even lose their job,” said Sean Goergen, vice president of development for The Denver Hospice. “The purpose of this fund is to allow families to be at their loved one’s bedside, where they need to be.”
“We use this money for rent, for food, for gifts, for anything that that family needs,” added Theresa Hitt, clinical manager for The Denver Hospice.
Retired CMS teacher Cathy Edam launched the hospice fundraising project 28 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.