The 14th isn’t the only day during February that shows a little extra love.
P.S. I Love You Day is held the second Friday of the month with the intent to raise metal health awareness and help put a stop to serious, associated issues, such as bullying and depression. Participants are asked to wear purple, banding everyone together in a mass of support and kindness.
This past Friday, 2/10/2017, P.S. I Love You Day was celebrated across the globe for the seventh year in a row, Marist College included. However, what really makes our celebration special is that the original founder, Brooke DiPalma, is a Junior here studying Communications and Political Science. After experiencing the devastating loss of her father at the young age of 14, Brooke knew she had to do something to make an impact – something to make sure everyone knows how important they are. Thus, P.S. I Love You Day was born, and it has not stopped growing since.
“P.S. I Love You Day started as one small idea, I can’t believe now 7 years later just how far it’s come. To be able to say that over 120 schools and 50,000 people celebrate this day is humbling. A school in Capetown, South Africa even celebrated! I know that somewhere my dad is looking down at all that we have accomplished together and smiling.”
This year, the Class of 2018 Officers from the Student Government Association teamed up with on campus groups Naturally Foxy and Purple Thread to put on Marist’s P.S. I Love You celebration. Taking place in the Champagnat Breezeway from 12:00 – 4:00, four hours were filled with love, laughter, and tons of fun pictures. All of the clubs and organizations within the student body were asked to come down decked out in purple to show their support, and they certainly did not disappoint. Hugs and smiles were not lacking in the least.
One of the most popular activities was the “What Makes You Confident?” Post-It Note wall, created by Marist sorority Tri-Sigma.
Sometimes we get so caught up in life that we forget to give ourselves the credit we deserve, and neglect to tell the ones we love how much they mean to us. The Marist community prides itself on being a family, making celebrating this day a no-brainer. Thank you so much to everyone who wore their purple, and remember, you are loved.
If you would like to read more about P.S. I Love You Day, check out the official site here.