PACK and Social Work Club Collaborate on Back to School Event By: Jia Spangler

Building community and bringing people together are just two examples of Hardin-Simmons University’s most valuable offerings and greatest joys.

On Sept. 14, HSU’s Social Work Club and Pinky Swear Ambassadors on Campus for Kids with Cancer, also known as PACK, came together to host a back-to-school outdoor event on Anderson Lawn to make cards and bracelets for kids with cancer. Lemonade and snacks were also provided to create a friendly atmosphere and bring students together to support a great cause.

HSU’s Social Work Club reached out to PACK wanting to collaborate by putting on this event and advocating for people beyond the campus community. Canaan Gibbons, a senior business marketing major from Seminole, is the acting president of PACK.

“[Here at HSU] we really want to emphasize that all of the clubs love partnering with each other even if it has nothing to do with our specific clubs,” Gibbons said. “It was just a way of us using the community [to show that] all of the clubs at Hardin-Simmons are banded together in a positive way.” Having these clubs come together definitely provided the opportunity to showcase the supportive community that HSU actively and routinely provides.

Both PACK and the Social Work Club focus on serving others and work to make a difference in people’s lives. PACK is the campus group that supports the Pinky Swear Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps kids with cancer and their families. The goal of PACK is to “bring awareness and fundraising to pediatric cancer within our community, campus and the people around us,” Gibbons said.

Many events are being held on campus to promote community, especially after going through a year that made community much more difficult to pursue. There is no better way to start this year than by collaborating, supporting one another and raising awareness for a cause that goes beyond ourselves.