You never know where you’re going to find inspiration — and sometimes it comes in a bittersweet package. This one does for sure.
Some of you may have seen this story late last week about Jacob Thompson, a 9-year-old boy who loves Christmas, loves penguins, but is running out of time.
He’s had cancer since he was 5 and his doctors think it’s unlikely he’ll make it to another Christmas. His one wish is for you to send him a homemade card and send it now.
What better way for us to all come together as a nation, as a world than to send a little boy a homemade Christmas card? His situation is tragic and heart-breaking and it’s also inspiring. Every day since I heard about Jacob, I see more and more cards that he’s received. I see the tangible effort that people have made to reach out and hold his family in goodness and light. It’s maybe a chance to hold ourselves in goodness and light as well.
Your card doesn’t need to be spectacular or even all that impressive but what it needs to be is from the heart. Dig out some construction paper, find some old snowflake wrapping paper from last year and create some joy for a little boy who needs and deserves it. And don’t wait until you have time — make time. Stop and do it today. You’ll be glad you did.
Send your card to:
c/o Maine Medical Center
22 Bramhall Street
Portland, ME 04102
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