Project Sunshine pitches in

Credits: photographs by Michel Arnaud

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College campuses and corporations across the country have started Project Sunshine chapters, and individual kids run book drives and bring in their families to put together journal-making kits for hospitalized children. "We help kids who are sick and whose parents are sick, but almost as important is getting people to volunteer, because that's what we're put on this earth for," says Joseph Weilgus, the 27-year-old founder of Project Sunshine.

Bookcases, baskets and slip-covered footstools all from Ikea; books from Scholastic; and paint from the Signature Colors collection at Lowe's.