Campus rallies for holiday card campaign

Holiday Card Campaign

“Bloomsburg University students were amazing during my toy drive and contributed tremendously, so I knew many would be willing to help put a smile on Talynn’s face by making a card.”

A simple Facebook connection has led to an inspiring holiday card campaign at Bloomsburg University to lift up the spirits of a 3-year-old girl battling leukemia at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville.

Eliza Parson was simply sharing her appreciation on Facebook for the success of her toy drive last month for Matthew’s Wish that collected nearly 400 toys. The video resonated with one of Parson’s friends, who happens to be a family friend of Talynn.

“She told me how Talynn was having a really hard time in the hospital right now, especially since it’s around the holidays,” said Parson, a junior social work major. “I went to the store the next day and bought a ton of construction paper, markers, and stickers to make cards for her. I picked up some gifts as well and wrapped them, so she would have something to open (for Christmas).”

Parson’s campaign didn’t end there. She quickly recruited friends and classmates to join the cause.

“Bloomsburg University students were amazing during my toy drive and contributed tremendously, so I knew many would be willing to help put a smile on Talynn’s face by making a card,” Parson said, “I chose card making, because I knew money is tight for college students and most are gearing up for finals right now. I asked (Talynn’s) mom if cards would cheer her up, and she said she would love that.”

According to Parson, she will be soon delivering the first round of cards to Talynn and is prepared to make a second trip if more cards are made. Talynn loves horses, and her favorite colors are pink, blue and purple, Parson added.

Contact Parson at ejp22522@huskies.bloomu.edu for more information, including setting up an opportunity to get supplies and pick up cards for her to deliver to Talynn in Danville.