Since last summer, sisters Sanjana and Anjali Jain have been spending their Saturday mornings helping us to assemble cancer care kits. It is always a joy to have them both come support our efforts in person! They were even pictured in our story in the November 2022 edition of The Business Monthly. Read more below about their experiences volunteering with us!
Kits to Heart: What made you interested in volunteering for us?
Sanjana Jain: I initially found out about Kits to Heart when my family used to live in Montgomery County. After moving to Howard County, my sister and I realized how close we were to the organization, which peaked our interest—proximity was definitely a factor. We had also read the organization’s mission statement and thought it was different that a person who was faced with such difficulty still had the motivation to carry on that one act of kindness that she had received. The activities are both simple but extremely meaningful, which I think also encourages people of all ages to participate.
KTH: What’s the most special part for you when it comes to volunteering for us?
SJ: The first time we volunteered at KTH, we were shocked to see Sonia. We didn’t expect to see the founder, much less talk to her and get to work closely with her. The fact that Sonia cares deeply about her organization, and now dedicates her entire day to it, including her weekends, is special. We enjoy the hands-on work and the different people we meet each week, and the relationship we are building with Sonia and her dog, Rui.
KTH: What’s a characteristic that you believe is essential for Kits to Heart volunteers?
SJ: Being genuine! I believe that if you aren’t truly interested in supporting Kits to Heart’s mission, then you shouldn’t be a part of it. I know many students volunteer to obtain awards and service hours necessary for graduation, but that shouldn’t be your main focus. You should want to make a positive difference just because you want to and because it truly means something to you.
KTH: What would you say to someone interested in volunteering for Kits to Heart?
SJ: We would say to contribute any way you can, and get as many people involved as possible. Since Kits to Heart is mainly a volunteer- and donations-supported nonprofit, it is extremely important for many people to be involved. If possible, please get involved and encourage anyone you know to support this groundbreaking organization, who is rewriting what it means for strangers to support strangers.
Huge thanks to Sanjana and Anjali for their kindness and support! Learn more about how you can volunteer with us, too!