CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — It’s a tradition at the St. James Episcopal School in Corpus Christi that dates back at least 20 years. Kindergarten students make blankets by hand to give to children battling cancer at Driscoll Children’s Hopsital.
“First we cut a square around it (the fabric),” said preschooler Jackson Hunt.
Twenty-eight blankets were made with little hands, with the help of Jaguar parents if necessary.
Elenor Barker, also a Kinder scholar, told us how she made her blanket.
“We crossed them and tucked the front into the hole,” she says, taking one end of the fabric and placing it over the other.
“The reason we are doing this is to teach the children to focus on giving and the joy of giving and to reflect on Jesus’ birth and the Lord’s gift to us,” said Elena Harms, Children’s Teacher.
Kindergarten teacher Sonia Hall said, “We’ve been talking all month about our big idea, the idea of giving. The gift of giving and how do we give back when we receive so much.”
After the blankets are made, they are given to 3rd grade scholar Kanon Brown. Scientists have provided him with the blankets for the past few years, and he and his family are transporting the warm blankets to the oncology wing of Driscoll Children’s Hospital.
Brown and his family do this because they know what it’s like to be in the hospital.
Kanon was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 3 years old.
“What do you remember about your hospital stay?” KRIS 6’s Katia Uriarte asked.
“I remember it was a little cold inside,” Kanon replied.
dr. Katherine Boston, pediatric hemitologist-oncologist at Driscoll Children’s Hospital, welcomes Kanon and his brother with a big smile.
“It’s really hard for the families and the kids, especially during the holidays when they can’t do their normal festivities, a lot of them can’t be at home with their families. So for something like this, just to get their minds on it, it means just so much and especially for little kids to have made this because it shows that even at a very young age they are learning how to help people and do something for someone other than them,” Boston said.
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