Toys sent to Jacob Thompson now donated to local patients
(NEWS CENTER) — Fifteen boxes full of toys were donated Tuesday to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland.
At one point in time, all the donations were meant for one young cancer patient.
Nine-year-old Jacob Thompson passed away November 19th after a 4 year battle with neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer that affects children ages 5 and younger.
His family’s wish to give Jacob one last Christmas celebration was answered with a massive outpouring of support from across the country and the world. Jacob received letter after letter, and tens of thousands of them at a time.
Toys were also delivered. Jacob’s mom, Michelle Simard, says they received packages sent from countries like Japan, Portugal, Canada, Kenya, Malaysia, Pakistan, and the Maldives.
Simard says her son was a giver and was always thinking of others.
When he saw something, and knew somebody else would like, he would always want to get it for them or gift it to them. So, in Jacob’s memory it would only be natural that when we get these items that somebody else could use or somebody else would love or get the benefit of that we would just give that to them or pass it on.
Now, all of the Legos, stuffed animals, puzzles, and more will go to dozens of patients, providing cheer just in time for the holidays. And it’s the while supporting the legacy Jacob has left behind.
Prior to the special delivery to the hospital Tuesday, 36 boxes of toys were donated by Jacob’s family to Toys for Tots. Simard says there are still so many toys they have left to donate.
As for the massive amount of handwritten cards Jacob received, Simard says they have a few ideas of how to repurpose them.
We are actually actively seeking artists who are able to reuse the cards in some projects. I think we have somebody over at the Children’s Museum Portland that’s going to be starting on a project. We’ve been in contact with different art schools, the New England Aquarium to see if they could make something for their penguin display.
For those who would like to continue to donate toys and other needed items to the Children’s Hospital, please check out the Child Life Wish List by clicking here.