UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. —On Sept. 27, a special delivery of cozy fleece blankets was made to the Penn State Children's Hospital in Hershey. These were not any fleece blankets. Each blanket had its own video message attached to it with happy thoughts, inspirational messages, funny jokes and cheerful hellos. Sewn on each blanket is a tag containing a personalized code to a website where recipients can view their personalized messages. The children and their parents can also respond to their well-wishers with a personalized thank you message.
This project was a partnership between Penn State’s Fresh START Day of Service and a Michigan-based company called Fleece & Thank You. This was just one of a dozen different service opportunities held on Sunday, Sept. 8, as part of Penn State’s largest day of service, Fresh START. Fresh START is designed for incoming first-year, change-of-campus, transfer students and World Campus students who are new to the University Park campus.
Fresh START Day of Service encourages new students to “get rooted” in service opportunities in Happy Valley and within student organizations that they can engage with throughout their academic careers at Penn State.