Words to live by: Kids make encouraging cards for people in need
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PUBLICATION: Tulsa World / tulsaworld.com
DATE PUBLISHED: 11/12/12
AUTHOR: Nour Habib
Kenzie Chabino says she was a spoiled child.
"Everything I wanted, I'd get," said Kenzie, who is now a 14-year-old high school freshman at Union Public Schools.
So her mother decided to take her on a journey, Kenzie said, to show her what was really important in life, including family, friends, learning, working and giving to others...So she decided to start Kenzie's Cause, a project seeking to get 1 million kids to make cards for people who need encouragement or who deserve to be thanked.
Last week, some participants in Kenzie's Cause handed out cards to patients at the Cancer Treatment Center of America.
Susan Sparks, who said she received bad news from a doctor earlier in the day, received a card that said, "Enjoy your day."
Sparks told Kenzie and her mom, Heather Chabino, that cancer patients need the encouragement.
"It gives us hope," she said.
Sparks said handmade gifts, like the card she received or the batch of cookies a neighbor recently made for her, are special because they take effort. The gifts signify that someone is thinking of you, she said.