LETTER: Sending love and Christmas cards to St. Jude’s

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Sending Christmas love in a card — yes, that’s what we sat out to do.
As a family, we sat down and started filling out Christmas cards for children at St. Jude’s hospital fighting cancer. As we sat around one night signing cards, Frank, Billy and Frances pulled my attention toward the schools.
They said their classmates might want to sign some cards, and from there it went.
Spencer County Elementary School teachers Mrs. Ingram, Mrs. Coots, Mrs. Miles, Mrs. Sanford, Ms. Hutchins, Mrs. Lawson, Mrs. Bennett, Mrs. Woods and Mrs. Drake all had their students make cards. Kids used their own art work, their words to wish the kids that receive the cards a merry Christmas.
As we read them, looking at all the hard work and love they put into the cards, one card said, “I’m sorry you’re sick. Repeat after me, ‘Ho ho ho.’ Now, didn’t that make you feel better?”
In the Spencer County High School, Ms. O’Brian and Ms. Wright also got students to sign cards. These cards were store bought, but as we read, some touched our hearts. The cards were telling them not to give up and that they were beautiful. “Remember, we love you.” “A gift just for you.”
These words coming from our school kids — our future.
I was so pleased to see all the love each and every child wrote in their card to someone they don’t know or will never meet.
I want to thank each teacher who let the students fill out a Christmas card in class. To teachers who helped students make cards, spell words and share joy — it’s this love that makes our world a better place to live in, the love people can show to someone they don’t know.
I want to thank all the children for sharing their love and good wishes with someone this year.
In all, we were able to send 389 Christmas cards to St. Jude’s Hospital in Tennessee to be handed out on Christmas morning.
Thanks to all, God bless and merry Christmas.

Barbara Jewell
Spencer County