Students From Saint Anthony of Padua School Give Heart Pillows to Peer Patients

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CAMDEN, N.J. -

Students in Camden shared some love and homemade hearts with kids going through treatments at a local hospital.

On Thursday, April 12th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders from Saint Anthony of Padua School, presented representatives from Children's Regional Hospital at Cooper with handmade heart hug pillows as part of a community outreach project.

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Officials say they hope the heart-shaped pillows will bring comfort and joy to kids of all ages in South Jersey as they go through their medical journeys.

"They're receiving a gift of happiness and a chance for them to feel as though they're being cared for a little bit extra, especially because they get this gift that can remind them of being at home while they're in the hospital," said Michael Goodman, chairman of Pediatrics at Children's Regional Hospital at Cooper.

The Heart Hug Pillow Project was initiated by an art teacher at Saint Anthony of Padua School, as a way for students and their families to engage in community service.

All of the materials are donated by the community and students, along with their families, are enlisted to help create each unique heart-shaped pillow.

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