GLEN ROCK, N.J. — A 12-year-old Glen Rock boy's dedication to helping children with cancer makes a difference, but a little extra flair doesn't hurt.
Carson Schraer, 12, started an art contest to spruce up the food containers given to children with cancer and blood disorders and their families.
The containers distributed through the HealthBarn Foundation's Healing Meals program are plain, with only a nutrition label.
Carson decided they could look better.
"I thought that fun labels with inspirational messages would cheer up the kids who are going through cancer treatment," he said.
Judges will choose winning labels to add to the food tins. Winners will come from three age categories from kindergarten to fifth grade.
Labels should be colorful and can include inspirational phrases such as "stay strong" or "always believe," according to Carson's rules.
Carson's mom, Leslie, said it's been a positive experience for her son.
"He had no understanding that there are kids in chemo all day and what it means for their families and how we take the day-to-day things for granted," she said.
"This opened his eyes a little bit to what it means when a child in a family is sick."
Entries are due Dec. 10, but the deadline is flexible depending on how many people enter, Leslie Schraer said.
It costs $5 to enter, with the money going toward HealthBarn Foundation and Healing Meals.
TO ENTER: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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