NOVA students, faculty, and staff from the Annandale Campus made 100 birthday cards to send to The Confetti Foundation. The non-profit foundation’s mission is to “supply birthday parties to children who have to spend their birthday in a hospital, pediatric oncology clinic or hospice facility.” Founded in Rhode Island, The Confetti Foundation supplies hospitalized children with a birthday party in a box. Homemade cards signed with the maker’s name and location are included with a birthday banner, stickers, confetti socks, a book, and other party items.
INOVA’s Children’s Hospital in Fairfax is one of the participating local hospitals. Two long tables were set up at the Annandale Campus with card-making supplies and a simple sign that read “Make birthday cards for kids in the hospital.” Students came alone or with friends to use paper, glue, stickers, and markers to make cards. The result was pop-up cards, window cards, stamped, drawn and cut out cards. Originally, it was to be a four-hour project but students kept coming and making cards until the library closed at 8 p.m. Artistic talent was not a prerequisite; all levels of artistic ability are reflected in the cards. We hoped that the activity would provide some stress relief for students, but in actuality, doing something for a child in need was the main motivating force. Even under the stress of final exams and upcoming holidays, the NOVA community stepped-up to do something for others!