Students sending messages of hope to Minn. children’s hospital
December 6, 2017
Jared Emery drew a picture of SpongeBob SquarePants to place
with a Jar of Hope he will send to Children’s Minnesota St. Paul Hospital later
The 22-year-old University of Wisconsin-Stout senior
business administration major from Siren said he is a big fan of the cartoon
character and wanted to share that with a child who is in the hospital.
Hope jars are decorated mason jars containing pictures and
inspirational messages. Students from the American Marketing Association got
together Dec. 5 to create the jars and give back to the community.
“We just want to bring some cheer for the children,” said
Emery, president of the American Marketing Association chapter. “The jars are
going to bring joy to children.”
Madison Schimek, 21, a senior business administration major
from Rochester, Minn., wrote a message for the hope jar she created,
encouraging the reader to remember tomorrow is another day and to keep
“I cannot imagine going through a disease like cancer,”
Schimek said. “You need some type of hope to get through what they are trying
to get through, especially during the holiday season.”
Ben Bumgarner, 21, a senior hotel, restaurant and tourism
management major from Austin, Minn., said he is thankful for all he has and
wanted to share that with children in the hospital.
One of the messages he included in his hope jar was: “You
were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.” He included a
picture of some sunglasses.
Students placed 15 to 20 messages and pictures in each jar.
About 15 club members gathered to make jars at the Memorial Student Center.
senior Ben Bumgarner creates inspirational messages for Jars of Hope that
students with the American Marketing Association made for children at
Children’s Minnesota St. Paul Hospital.
Bottom: Jars of Hope created by students include drawings and inspirational
messages on colorful paper.