As the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) cautions people across the country to exercise safe social distancing measures, folks in the field hockey community continue to find ways to give back or show support in their local communities. For the Pinelands Regional High School field hockey team in Little Egg Harbor Township, N.J., it came in the form of cards of support to a nearby senior community.
What initially started out as brainstorming ideas to bond as a team quickly transformed into a question: how could they give back to their community without actually going somewhere? Pinelands athletes then communicated through their team group text to create cards of happiness for senior residents. As the discussion progressed, the team determined the best way to deliver them was through a teammate’s mother, who is a healthcare worker at Mystic Meadows Rehab and Nursing Center in Little Egg Harbor.
While adhering to social distancing and staying at home, quickly and creatively each athlete put their artistic and thoughtful ideas on paper. Within a week, the team had created more than 100 cards to spread a little kindness and joy to the residents and workers. The cards were then collected by team parents, who picked up the cards from various porches to their final destination.
When incoming senior players were asked to describe how they felt while creating the cards, they replied with, “heartwarming, uplifting, gratifying, altruistic, hopeful, positive and charitable.”
After the cards were delivered to each resident and posters given to the healthcare workers, they were appreciative of the team’s efforts to give them some comfort and hope during this difficult time.
“It was like Christmas watching the residents read the cards, it brought me to tears”, stated Kori Velez, a healthcare worker at Mystic Meadows Rehab and Nursing Center.
Team parents Staci Hawkins, Lynn Heinrichs and Kori Velez, who helped organize this initiative are extremely proud of these young ladies. The team cares about their community that continually supports them.
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