Doing Good Does You Good


Macey Ludwig, Sting Reporter

With everything that is going on in the world today, it is important to remember to give back to the community. Many students are involved in extracurricular activities such as the National Honors Society, Memorial Hospital’s Medical Explorers Program, and church youth groups to name a few. These programs require students to provide a certain number of volunteer hours, but with Covid-19 many of these opportunities are unavailable.
I am a member of the Medical Explorers which requires 4 hours of volunteer work before the end of the program. Memorial Hospital offers students the opportunity to sit at the volunteer desk, but due to Covid-19, students are not allowed inside the hospital. The hospital is suggesting other ways students can provide for their community while still staying safe during the pandemic: volunteering at the local blood drives, food pantry distributions, youth group activities, clean-up projects, food/clothing/supply drives, work at the humane society, etc. I came up with the idea to make no-sew blankets to donate to the local nursing home or assisted living facility. These required no special tools and were easy to make. I obtained all of my volunteer hours by making six blankets and donating them to Three Springs Lodge nursing home here in Chester. The nurses thanked me and stated how much the residents would appreciate them. Volunteering for the community is a great way to give back, especially during a pandemic that has taken so many things away.