UPDATE: The family of 9-year-old Jacob Thompson, the little boy who captured the nation’s heart when he asked for Christmas cards early, says he passed away Sunday, November 19th.
IVINS (ABC4 Utah) – A sick child’s last request thousands of miles away has made its way to southern Utah, and one student body decided to take action.
Nine-year-old Jacob Thompson has cancer, and the children at Red Mountain Elementary School wanted to do something to make Jacob holidays happier.
“He has cancer, a very rare type,” said one student.
“He’s having an early Christmas and we are writing a note,” explained another 3rd grader.
“So he can feel better and be able to know that he’s loved,” shared 8-year-old Parlee.
Jacob is currently in a hospital in Portland, Maine and might not live until Christmas – a holiday he has always loved. He has one request from strangers around the globe: Please send Christmas cards.
“We’re going to have our whole school do it. Because if we can make a kids day better, let’s do it,” said Jay Porter, Vice Principal at Red Mountain Elementary School.
Some of the cards from students read:
“I am glad you are having a Christmas.”
“I am sorry that you have Cancer.”
“I hope you have an extraordinary best Christmas.”
“Have an awesome Christmas”
“We all love you.”
Every student in every classroom at Red Mountain Elementary School in Ivins wrote their cards to send to Jacob– focusing on Star Wars and Penguins –two things Jacob loves.
“We’re teaching the kids about empathy and I think that’s a big part of it is understanding where others are coming from,” said Porter.
The take-away lesson Porter hopes resonates with his students:
“Your life might not be great, but we can always make somebody else’s life a little better just by a simple act,” said Porter.
“Merry Christmas Jacob!”
Jacob has already received Christmas cards from all over the world, but he’ll soon have over 500 more from students here in southern Utah.