SPARTA, NJ – A young diabetic girl’s service project to help other diabetics continues two years after she left Mohawk Avenue School. Mohawk Avenue School just completed their spring project, collecting supplies for Kaitlyn’s Care Boxes.

From April 30 through May 11 the students and their families collected enough supplies for 20 boxes, Mohawk Avenue school nurse Leslie Huhn said.

“I cannot believe how nice the faculty and the students of Mohawk Avenue School, with their moms and dads have been to Kaitlyn’s Care Boxes,” Kaitlyn Healey said beaming.

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Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in July of 2015, Healey came up with the idea after being hospitalized herself.  While at Goryeb’s Children’s Hospital in Morristown, Healey received “a small gift bag to cheer her up and make her hospital stay better,” according to Huhn.

Healey collected, wrapped, decorated shoe boxes that she filled with small toys and crafts.  She would then bring them to the hospital where nurses handed them out to the children, Huhn said.

Now a fifth grade student at Helen Morgan, Healey returned to Mohawk Avenue School for an assembly on the topic of Diabetes and the care boxes.  Healey was joined by third grade student Brayden Libysen, also recently diagnoses with the disease, according to Huhn. 

On May 4, the third grade children filled the auditorium to hear LIbysen share information about Type 1 Diabedes and the insulin pump used by both Libysen and Healey to manage their medication regime, Huhn said. 

“Kids line Kaitlyn and me can be hospitalized for a long time,” Lidysen said.  “Kaitlyn’s Car boxes can really cheer kids up. “

Huhn said the program was established nearly three years ago and Kaitlyn’s Care Boxes continues to receive thank you cards from the young patients at Goryeb’s Children’s and Saint Joseph’s Children’s hospitals.

The Mohawk Avenue School community has a history of supporting service projects throughout the year, emphasizing good character.