DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Student volunteers spend a little time each week bringing some light to hospital patients.
Through a program called "Art from the Heart," elementary students from the area draw pictures with well-wishes for those staying at Genesis. Then, student volunteers distribute those drawings to patients.
Payton Janney and Elli Ivanic volunteered Wednesday, February 14th. It's something they regularly do and it's something they love.
Ivanic said sometimes patients will well up with tears out of joy to have the visitors and the gift.
"Sometimes we'll sit there and talk to them and they'll be like, "You guys have been like my only visitor today," or "Today was a really rough day and you guys like really made it better."
Janney explained that the visitors the program brings aim to bring peace to the mind.
"Usually when people come to visit (the patients), it's to make their body better, but we're there to kind of boost their spirits and help them psychologically."
The program launched in the fall of 2017.
If you would like to learn how to volunteer in the program, click here.