A Nevada teen’s battle with cancer has inspired him to spread some revelry.
He hopes to inspire others to give back with him.
Jonah Howell, 18, knows all too well how difficult it can be to spend the holidays in the hospital.
Two Christmases ago, in 2019, he found out that he had cancer. He says the holidays were the hardest.
“It was a shock at first, but the most, the hardest thing was Christmas. I had my phone so I watched everyone celebrate Christmas that year. And I was stuck in the hospital,” he said.
Fortunately, Jonah is back home for the holidays.
He’s in remission and now on a mission to make hospitals a little more festive for kids staying over Christmas.
For the second year in a row, Jonah is raising money to purchase Christmas care kits for Renown Children’s Hospital in Reno.
The packs include a tree for kids to prune and gingerbread house packs.
Jonah says holidays are the time to give and share.
“It would just make me happy to know that I can make the kids happy, and it would make the kids happy to know they have Christmas back,” he said.
Jonah’s goal is to raise money to put together at least 55 Christmas packages.
To achieve his goal, he encourages others to get into the gift-giving spirit and donate through their Target gift list.
People can donate until December 18 and the packages will be delivered on December 20.