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Volunteer Spotlight: University of Louisville

When University of Louisville Chapter Leader Cody Welch first learned about Project Sunshine during an advising appointment, he knew instantly that he wanted to be a part of the organization. "I became a Project Sunshine volunteer because I wanted to make an impact in the world of pediatric healthcare," he says. "I love that it allows young adults to come together to bring smiles to those facing difficult situations, as well as motivate others to do the same!"

Cody and his chapter have certainly had an impact on their college campus and in their community. The chapter regularly hosts Creative Arts & Crafts events for the patients and families at Kosair Children's Hospital in Kentucky. Whether making Sunny Grams, donating wagons or coloring books, or just giving their time and commitment, Cody and his chapter pride themselves on the happiness they bring to the families and children facing difficulties at their local children�s hospital.

One particular event brought smiles and joy to the patients and families at Kosair Children's Hospital. In early December, the chapter hosted an "Adopt a Soul" event at the University of Louisville Campus Student Activities Center where students had the opportunity make gift bags that were decorated with happy messages and filled with crafts or other goodies. They piled these gift bags into a Radio Flyer wagon that they had purchased, and brought it over to Kosair to be donated. As Cody states, their donation was a hit: "My most memorable moment was hand delivering the gift bags to the families at the hospital. It was amazing to bring genuine smiles to their faces!"

More Volunteer Stories of Interest

Sports Illustrated model, Damaris Lewis, volunteered for her second year as a Project Sunshine Dance Camp instructor to empower young women through dance.
Emilio Delgado, who has played Luis on Sesame Street for 40 years, brought sunshine to pediatric patients at Mount Sinai´s KidZone as part of Project Sunshine´s Book Club
     

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