Students sending messages of hope to Minn. children’s hospital

December 6, 2017

UW-Stout 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.

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 this month.

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.

Jars of Hope created by students include drawings and inspirational messages on colorful paper.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 fighting.

“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.

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Top: UW-Stout 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.