DENVER – As part of the Snowflake Project, local nonprofit startup The Stand Firm Warrior Foundation delivered 200 bags filled with holiday cheer to Levine Children's Hospital and the Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital on Thursday, Dec. 21.
The idea was to bring children and families joy and comfort during a difficult time, according to Michelle Love, the nonprofit’s founder.
Students from East Lincoln Middle School, Lincolnton Middle School, North Lincoln Middle School and Lincoln Charter School of Denver along with a Lincoln County music teacher made paper snowflakes for kids to use to decorate their rooms, and some helped Love deliver the bags.
“We had packages left over and are sending those to the Ronald McDonald House in Charlotte for their residents to enjoy in their rooms,” Love said of the successful afternoon.
Love founded her organization to raise awareness for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) – a type of childhood cancer. Her son died from the disease in 2016.
During his treatments, BJ received a package filled with paper snowflakes made by local students, Love said.
“My daughter, Carly, decorated BJ’s hospital room with these special snowflakes, and we kept them up until he was discharged to Kids Path hospice care at the end of February 2016,” Love wrote in a press release about the project. “We were so touched by this wonderful, unique gift that I suggested Carly could do something similar at her school to pay forward this gift of kindness.
“As student council vice president at NLMS, Carly was able to get the Snowflake Project off the ground. A chance encounter with ... ELMS Principal Heather Myers helped the project grow.”
Love said a student from Lincoln Charter helped spread the word at her school and soon The Stand Firm Warrior Foundation had hundreds of bags to deliver filled with the decorations.
Myers and about a dozen of her students accompanied Love last Thursday, and Love said she’s “so proud of the community” for coming together this holiday season.
“Our area has lost children to cancer and continues to have new diagnoses,” she said in an earlier press release. “It’s a great source of comfort to have the continued strong support of our community, and it’s encouraging to see how eager students are to get involved.”