CFS Catholic School students send messages of inspiration to hospital patients

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CFS Catholic School students recently crafted hundreds of kindness cards that will be given to patients who receive care at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah, Iowa.

The service project, which celebrates Catholic Schools Week, was carried out by kindergarten through eighth-grade students and the Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation (WMCF). Students created approximately 500 cards, including thank-you messages for WMCF donors, whose recent gifts helped fund medical equipment, ultrasound machines and an ambulance.

This is the second year that the Catholic schools and the foundation have worked together on a community project, the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce said.

“We chose Winneshiek Medical Center as the recipient of our students’ efforts due to the fact that many families within our school have received assistance from or know someone who has received help from there,” said Emily Elsbernd, an instructor at CFS Catholic School.

Holly Kenengieter, WMCF coordinator, also praised the ties between the foundation and the school.

“Our relationship with CFS is a wonderful example of donors and volunteers coming together to provide and give healing gifts to our patients,” Kenengieter said.

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