Dual charity event for CAP, RAs

Rachel Lagana

Two weeks ago, members of Community Action Project and RA’s from the Hill and Village were immersed in community service.

CAP’s big event was Helping Hands Day and involved over 150 participants.

The activities ranged from organizing a storage garage to cleaning up a park.

At the end of the event, students were asked such questions as: Did anything inspire you today? How were people impacted and influenced? Did you grow as an individual today? Was your identity strengthened?

CAP’s goal in organizing this event was to get people more involved, to make a difference in the community, and to consider creating a life of giving and serving.

CAP is made up of five subgroups: Youth, elderly, hunger, different abilities and special events.

Each subgroup plans weekly or monthly events such as going to a soup kitchen, having best buddy get-togethers or attending the yearly Penguin Plunge.

CAP’s weekly meetings are in SC213 on Wednesday at 5 p.m. The organization encourages anyone who is interested to attend.

In addition to the Helping Hands Day sponsored by CAP, RA’s from Hill and Village held their own event in the Mancheski Executive Seminar Room from 1 to 5 p.m. Their event involved cutting out fabric in order to make CUREchiefs.

CUREchiefs are pieces of fabric cut in the shape of triangles that cancer patients can use to cover their heads or tie around their necks. Before the event, the RA’s set a goal of making 1,000 CUREchiefs. However, not being able to predict how many other students would show up, they figured reaching 800 would be commendable. In the end, they were extremely pleased with the turnout and they were able to nearly double their goal by making close to 2,000 CUREchiefs.

This event was successful. People really cared and wanted to make a difference.

“I want to work with kids with cancer. I like to make kids happy when they’re sick,” Bridget Assip, a freshman PT major, said.

Students spent anywhere from 30 minutes to four hours cutting up fabric. It was not a chore to them. It was more of an arts and crafts event that was for a good cause. Even the atmosphere was extremely pleasant.

Smiling faces were everywhere, while friends worked together cutting fabrics and listening to music. It did not look as though people regretted spending a beautiful Saturday indoors.