James Galske, a student at the University of Connecticut, recently announced his “kind cards” program, which allows UConn students to send cards with positive messages to their friends.
Galske, a fourth-semester physiology and neurobiology major, stated in a post on the UConn forum on Reddit that his intent is for UConn students to reach out to friends as the school is closed for the year
“Whether its stress from classes, worrying about the virus, being stuck at home or for any matter, showing encouragement and appreciation for another person can help someone out a lot,” continued the post, before directing a link to the fill-out form to email kind cards to students.
Galske came up with the idea last year when he was part of the University of Ohio’s neuroscience club. He said a similar initiative was carried out with physical cards for children in hospitals over the winter.
When Galske transferred to UConn, he continued the tradition for local hospitals.
“Since that fall, I’ve sent cards to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital for winter holidays, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day,” Galske said.
While Galske has only received a small number of participants, he is grateful for anyone who has contributed.
“In total there are eight so far where people are sending encouraging and funny messages to their friends. Even though eight is not a massive number, I still feel satisfied even if only one card was sent to a person,” Galske said.
Samuel Katz is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.