GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Children with pediatric cancer who will be staying at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital over the holidays received some very special care packages from a group of Jenison High School students.
It all started with a group of students taking part in the 'Bigger Than You' class at the high school which is best described as a philanthropy class where students pick out something they are passionate about, get into groups, and do something that betters the community.
The handful of students part of the class chose to make 50 care packages full of coloring books, toys and games that would help keep them occupied just in time for the holidays.
Funding for their efforts came from a combination of a generous donation and a GoFundMe page.
"I guess for me it just means it just exemplifies what our class is about," says Tristan Millarch, one of the students in the class. "Instead of helping out yourself helping others in the community make your community a better place while bringing joy and happiness and just all around goodness to your community," he says.
Other students part of the initiative include Tabitha Hill, Emily Systma, Jaque Capulong, Jackson VanDyke, Brooklyn Vis, and Erica Dolce.
A grandparent of one of the students actually made homemade pillow cases for these children to hopefully brighten up their room.
The students say, they hope to do this again next year.