We’ve all heard this is the season of giving and two Dieringer Heights Elementary students have taken it upon themselves to give back Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Fourth grader Madison Lindsay and fifth grader Henry Jacobson have been collecting coloring books, crayons and markers to donate to the hospital on Christmas Eve. Aside from those donations, Jacobson has been selling “Henry’s Greatest Hits,” a CD he made of himself playing the piano to raise money to also be donated.
On Christmas Eve when the coloring supplies are delivered, Jacobson will also bring one of his CDs for each wing of the hospital.
He said he had heard music therapy helps people to feel better and helps change people’s moods while they are in the hospital.
Both Lindsay and Jacobson have a special connection to Children’s Hospital.
Lindsay was born prematurely and she said she had to stay there for a couple of months.
Her mom also spent time there when she was younger and Lindsay said her mom remembers coloring books helped her relax and get through tough times.
Lindsay has been collecting and delivering color supplies to Children’s Hospital since she was 3 years old, she said.
Last year she took more than 100 coloring books and supplies and this year, she said, she wanted to work with her family and Dieringer Heights in the hopes that she could collect more.
This year, Lindsay set the goal at 500. Collections stopped Dec. 20 and as of Dec. 18 they had collected 418.
Jacobson also has his own connection to Seattle Children’s. He said he had to spend some time there when he was little because his stomach didn’t function properly. He remembers music helping him feel better, he added.
That is why he decided to put together a CD of some of his favorite songs including a song that he wrote called “Dreams” and a duet with his younger sister.
So far, Jacobson guessed he has raised $1500 in CD sales to be donated this year.
Next year, he said he would like to make a Christmas CD of some of his favorite songs.
Dieringer Heights Principal Kevin Anderson said a big focus this year for the school is “Kindness and Compassion” where kids, no matter their age, can help others and do something important.
And Lindsay and Jacobson have become leaders in that, he added.
Anderson said Lindsay and Jacobson brought the idea to him. They sat down and had a very formal meeting, where the two shared their idea and hopes to him.
It was later taken to the student council where their idea was officially given the OK.
“As a school, we partnered with them,” Anderson said. “It was their idea, their design, their goal and its fun.”
Lindsay also enjoys the day when they deliver the supplies. She said they don’t get to meet or see any of the kids at the hospital because they are not old enough but they get to meet some volunteers and that means something to her.
“It makes my day to see their (the volunteer’s) faces,” she said.
Their presence in the community is big, Lindsay said they have gotten compliments from people they don’t know about what a great thing they are doing.
Aside from the local community, Jacobson said they have shipped 100 CDs to his family in Denmark.
“These are very generous families and this is a very generous community,” Anderson said.
As Jacobson graduates to the middle school next year, he and Lindsay plan on continuing and growing their efforts. They hope for it to be even bigger next year because Jacobson will work to involve his new school.