In the Holiday 2014 issue of BYOU Magazine, we’re celebrating inner beauty! One girl whose inner beauty shines brightly is Jen Rubino, 20, the founder of Cards for Hospitalized Kids. She told BYOU Magazine, “When I was eleven, I was diagnosed with a serious illness, and so I had to spend a lot of time in the hospital, and I experienced what it was like to be a hospitalized kid. I received a card myself which had a profound impact on me, and that’s what inspired me to start my charity.”
Cards for Hospitalized Kids collects handmade cards — including holiday cards — for hospitalized kids across America. Jen said, “When you’re in the hospital, and you’re battling a serious illness, you face so many challenges — feeling isolated, different, fearful. To get a card that shows someone’s thinking of you, and that you’re not alone, really makes you feel special.”
Jen’s charity has delivered over 80,000 cards, and she hopes to inspire other young people to take action, too. “No act of service is too small. Everyone really does have the capacity to make a difference. For me, I was a high school student, I didn’t have a lot of resources, and on top of that, I was battling a serious illness and I was in and out of the hospital constantly. If I was able to make a difference on such a massive level, everyone really can. It’s so easy to doubt yourself especially as a young person, but everybody has the ability to do something.”
Want to get involved? Visit www.cardsforhospitalizedkids.com for card-making tips and send your cards to: Cards for Hospitalized Kids, 6567 N. Olmsted, Chicago, IL 60631
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