Mission: Living it Forward...
By: Kelly Thompson, Director of Athletic Communications
Women's Rugby Cares: Volunteering with We Care Blankets to Help Sick Children
Embodying the Molloy College message of community and service, the women's rugby team took advantage of an off weekend to spend time helping We Care Blankets, an organization that supplies hand-made blankets to children undergoing chemotherapy.
Earlier this month, the team spent an evening at the Merrick Library during one of the organization's monthly Blanket Wraps. At this time, hand-made blankets are made and packaged to be set up for delivery to one of 25 hospitals.
"It's always a beautiful thing to give back to your community, especially to those in need," said one of the team's captains, senior Caroline Nickels. "It is heart-warming to know that my team and I contributed to this foundation to help brighten a child's day."
The opportunity to come together as a team not only presented an opportunity to help others, but gave the student-athletes the ability to bond together over a common cause off the pitch.
"Not only will we have memories of playing a sport that we love," explained senior Alissa Guerra, but we will have memories of times we spent with one another doing something to make an impact in someone's life."
This weekend, the student-athletes took advantage of a bye week to help out and deliver over 400 blankets to six different hospitals in Brooklyn, New York City, and Mount Pleasant. Splitting up into groups allowed women's rugby to ensure that as many children in different locations were able to receive a visit and gift to lift their spirits.
"We take so much for granted, but the blankets mean so much to these kids," said sophomore Emma Haedrich. "It was a simple act, but it had an enormous impact on us knowing how much they really appreciate the blankets."
Getting to personally deliver the blankets and brighten a child's day left a lasting impression on the team.
"It was a great opportunity to bring a little extra joy to kids who need it the most," recalled sophomore Maddie Howell. "Those blankets were made, folded, and delivered with so much hope and love."