The Child Development Center’s Art Fair Committee has been named the recipient of July’s Acts of Kindness Award. Committee members are Joanne Boyer, Beth Middleton, Donna Nagel and Carolyn Paetzel.
Since 2006 this committee has organized an annual service project for all of the children enrolled in the Child Development Center. The children’s art work is collected all year. Then, during National Week of the Young Child each April, the Art Fair Committee creates an art gallery in the CDC and sells the art for a free-will offering.
“In four years, this sale has raised thousands of dollars to benefit the Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, the Tubman Family Alliance and St. Joseph’s Home for Children,” said the nominator. The Art Fair Committee also conducts a diaper drive and has collected more than 15,000 diapers and diaper wipes for donation to the same organizations.
The nominator added: “I appreciate that the work of this committee has provided significant monetary and material benefit to the Crisis Nursery, Tubman and St. Joe’s, while helping to educate many about the valuable work of these organizations. But equally deserving of recognition is that the Art Fair Committee has found such a lovely and simple way to advance the common good by helping children give to other children.”
The Acts of Kindness Award is a traveling trophy that is presented to a person or a group each month.
The UST community is invited to nominate a student, faculty or staff member, a UST organization or a department that has done something kind to make St. Thomas a great place to learn, work or live. Fill out the form on the Acts of Kindness website.
The award is part of the UST Acts of Kindness Campaign, which identifies, promotes, supports and inspires acts of kindness across the UST community. The campaign was created by the Office for Mission and Edna Comedy, associate vice president of human resources.