As someone who loves being around children and being able to brighten someone´s
day, Chapter Leader Rosey Basant knew she wanted to become involved with Project
Sunshine when she learned about the organization at her college´s community service
fair during her sophomore year. Since then, she has been an active member of the City
College of New York Project Sunshine chapter, participating in on-campus activities,
volunteering at a local NYC hospital and taking on leadership roles. As Chapter Leader,
Rosey has gathered a team of creative and enthusiastic volunteers who are passionate
about Project Sunshine´s mission and who are always ready to spread sunshine and
participate in new opportunities, like a Caregiver Wellness event with bereaved families.
On March 10, Rosey and a group of volunteers from her CCNY chapter collaborated
with the Bereavement Committee to bring a special Caregiver Wellness program to
families who have recently experienced a loss. The volunteers brought smiles, laughs
and relaxation to the parents and caregivers through activities such as DIY scented
lotions, therapeutic neck pillows and painted ceramic piggy banks. "I cannot forget the
numerous thank yous we received and the gratitude expressed by the families for just
being with them and participating in activities that were not only pleasurable but also
promoted a therapeutic atmosphere," Rosey says.
When the CCNY volunteers left the program, the families were looking forward to more
events like this one in the future. For Rosey, seeing the families smiling, having a great
time and getting involved in the activities was priceless. "To know that I have made a
difference in someone´s life by bringing smiles and laughter even for a small moment is
worthwhile," she says. "A little smile, a kind word, and an act of caring goes a long way
to positively impact someone´s life, a feeling that is priceless."
We express our gratitude to Rosey Basant, the CCNY chapter and all of our volunteers across the country
who bring sunshine to children facing medical challenges and their families.