Julia Lalla (’23) started the Caring Cards program at St. Joseph Hill High School in January 2020 to brighten the days of senior citizens living in nursing homes. Even before Covid-19 hit, Julia wanted to them to know someone was thinking of them. When the pandemic started, Julia personally made 300 cards for the residents of Clove Lakes Health Care and Rehabilitation. This Fall, Julia worked with Ms. Madeleine Paladino, Hill’s Service Program Director and Religious Studies Teacher, to introduce her Caring Cards program to all four grades.
Hill's Caring Cards Program set out with a goal of donating 400 cards to Clove Lakes but quickly surpassed that when Hill students made 1,780 cards. In addition to Clove Lakes, they shared cards with Meals on Wheels and Carmel Richmond Nursing Home. This holiday season, they are working on continuing their card giving program. Julia and her fellow Caring Cards program volunteers are hopeful their cards bring recipients some joy in difficult times.
Pictured here is Julia Lalla presenting the Caring Cards to Roseann Holt, Vice President, Meals on Wheels of Staten Island. Additional photos are of Julia dropping off cards to Staten Island nursing homes listed above.