The Belmont National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Beta Chi Club and Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS) teamed up to serve at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge on Thursday, February 23. The Hope Lodge offers free accommodations for patients who are receiving cancer treatment in Nashville and brings together people from all over the country. Belmont students Christopher Hansen, Dana Lynch, Shannon Kelly and Mary Barber attended the event. These members from NSTA, Beta Chi and SMACS baked cupcakes and celebrated the Hope Lodge guests.
When asked about her involvement with Hope Lodge Barber said, “I started the baking events at the Hope Lodge last fall with hopes to bring a fun activity for the residents while getting the chance to know them personally. This year, we started doing the baking nights in celebration of birthdays, and I am so glad other students were there to raise the spirits of those going through cancer treatment. Volunteering at the Hope Lodge is not only rewarding, but a lot of fun. The Hope Lodge is always in need of volunteers for their operations. This can look like whatever you need it to be – a few days a week, every other week or monthly. They are appreciative of whatever students can offer! It is a small commitment that can make a big impact.”
In the photo, Left to right, are Dana Lynch, Christopher Hansen, Shannon Kelly, and Mary Barber