Plibrico team brings smiles with cards for hospitalized kids

A simple act of kindness lets hospitalized children know the Plibrico team cares. (Courtesy: Plibrico Company)

Hospitalized children can go through many different treatments, surgeries, and therapies that can take up long stretches of time. During those very difficult moments, children often feel alone, isolated, and afraid. They miss their friends and life outside of the hospital. For these children, it is a simple act of kindness, a handmade card, that can brighten their day and put a smile on their faces.

Recently, the Plibrico Company’s employees came together from Ohio to Washington, including New York, Indiana, and Florida, to volunteer their time and creativity to make handmade cards for Cards for Hospitalized Kids. The charitable organization will distribute the cards to children battling health issues across the country, brightening their day and demonstrating that someone is thinking of them.

Located in Chicago, Cards for Hospitalized Kids (CFHK) spreads hope, joy, and magic to hospitalized kids through uplifting, handmade cards distributed to Children’s Hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses (RMH). More than 500,000 children in hospitals in all 50 states have received cards from CFHK since its inception. Each card is unique, just like the child who receives it.

“I hope that our inspirational cards can give a sick and hospitalized child an added bit of strength, encouragement, and comfort to get them through a tough time and let them know there are people who truly care about them,” said Pamela Gaul, director of marketing at the Plibrico Company. “Creating the inspirational cards was easy to do and fun to make. Everyone that helped build the cards had a great time coming together as a team for a great purpose. I know the cards will help the kids that receive them from CFHK, but this project has really helped the team too.”

Handcrafted cards have been proven to improve a patient’s mood, emotions, and sense of self-worth. The cards help to help retain the human connection between patients and the outside community and advance feelings of gratefulness. Many hospitals frequently request inspirational cards for their potential to reduce stress and depression, as well as to lighten the weight of serious, lingering illnesses.

Across the United States, the Plibrico Company and its employees are taking an active interest and giving back to the communities they call home. The company has actively participated in or raised funds for charities that include Shriners Hospitals for Children, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Wounded Warrior Project, and Feeding America, among others.