Pelham Students Create Valentines for “Special Someones” They Have Never Met
For two hours on Saturday, January 28th Pelham middle and high school students worked hard to craft special Valentines for a group of some “special someones” they had never even met.
The Danny Fund, a local non-profit which provides financial, emotional and advocacy support for the families of local children suffering from a catastrophic illness or injury, hosted a Valentine card making event to show a little extra “love” for the children currently being supported by the organization’s efforts.
Led by Pelham resident and former art teacher (and mom of the little boy for whom the fund is named) Kathy Potocki, nearly one hundred students gathered in Pelham’s Town House armed with crayons, markers, stickers and an abundance of creativity.
“When Danny was in the hospital, we would get a bunch of hand-made ‘get well’ cards delivered, and it would just light up his face. Even though he was only four at the time it made a huge impression on him,” explained Ms. Potocki. “Our current Danny Fund kids all have their unique challenges and sometimes something as simple as a pretty card can make a big difference in their day.”
Ms. Potocki’s goal wasn’t for each kid to receive a handful of cards. Her hope was that dozens of kids sharing their artistic talent on a Saturday afternoon would yield dozens upon dozens of beautifully decorated cards for each of the five current Danny Fund kids – and the children who showed up to help did not disappoint. Each Danny kid received a beautiful basket overflowing with hand-made cards and heartfelt wishes.
“Even if some of our Danny kids are a little too young to understand, their parents get it. And I think they will feel a little less alone. I know I did,” continued Ms. Potocki.
The card-making event was the first of a number of Valentine-themed fundraisers scheduled in the next few weeks. Starting on February 1st and continuing throughout the month, DeCicco & Sons’ Pelham store is offering customers the opportunity to purchase “Hearts” during checkout – and for every $1 given, the donor’s name will be written on a specially designed heart-card and proudly posted on the front window of the store facing Fifth Avenue. On February 11th, The Danny Fund’s largest fundraiser, its annual Valentine Gala, was held at the New York Athletic Club -Travers Island .
The organization recently adopted a new summary of their mission: “Offering help. Offering hope.” While offering help in the form of financial support is an important component of what they do, “letting these families know they are not alone, that we can be a shoulder to lean on, a resource, is one of the ways we offer hope that things will get better,” shared John Hynes, Board President of The Danny Fund, “and these cards are a small example of that.”
News12 Westchester was on hand to cover the event live and you can see the kids in action by visiting here.