SSM Students Produce “Boxes of Sweetness” for Ailing Teens

February 09, 2017

Maddie Hickey ’19 and Sarah Moss ’17 help teens struggling with illness have a sweeter day.

Two Shattuck-St. Mary’s students are determined to help teens struggling through difficult times have a sweeter day.

Maddie Hickey ’19 started the nonprofit organization Box of Sweetness in 2016 and has been joined by Sarah Moss ’17 in creating boxes for adolescent-aged patients at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. They include a variety of comfort items, including coloring books, socks, nail polish, headbands, stuffed animals, cards, and other essential items, along with a note written by the person who put the box together. Hickey and Moss then drop the boxes off each month to teens staying at the clinic.

The boxes stem from Hickey’s own visit to Mayo Clinic approximately a year ago, where she identified the need to reach out to an older demographic. While many programs target comforting young children, very few are geared toward older children in the hospital.

“I wanted to create something special for teenage patients and help them get their minds off of being in the hospital,” Hickey said. “I know what it is like to be in their shoes, and these boxes are a way to encourage teens and uplift them.”

Hickey and Moss recently held a fundraising bake sale at SSM and recently created a GoFundMe account in support of Box of Sweetness. They also plan to create a website and hold more events at School in order to expand the program.

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