Tomas Mauricio of TKE makes a holiday card Photo by Renee Summers

By Renee Summers, Guest Writer

On Thursday, Nov. 13, National Philanthropy Week at the University of Michigan-Dearborn featured a Card Creating Competition Thursday afternoon in the University Center. The Student Organization Advisory Council (SOAC) teamed up with Phi Mu (ΦΜ) and Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) to create motivational holiday cards for children who will be hospitalized during the holidays.

The cards will be sent to children at a local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital and to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

“We’re trying to provide these sick children the best holiday they can have,” Zach Kerstein, President of Tau Kappa Epsilon stated. “They’re going through something tough right now; even something as miniscule as a card can put a smile on their face.”

While it is called a competition, the contest is actually a friendly one between Phi Mu and Tau Kappa Epsilon.

“The main goal is to work together and get as many cards made as possible,” said Phi Mu’s Samantha Belcher.

“Bragging rights between TKE and PM is very big,” Phi Mu’s Janelle Hamood said with a smile. More than 60 UM-Dearborn students gave their time and talents to make the event a success.  Those who took the time to make a holiday card were eligible to enter a raffle for a Starbuck’s gift card, courtesy of the SOAC.

“It’s hard to enjoy the holidays when you’re in such a rough environment,” Hamood stated.  When asked if she had a holiday wish for this event, she added, “To make sure they know they’re loved, even by people they don’t know, and that everybody’s rooting for them.”