MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As part of his treatment plan, 12-year-old Jarrett Michie gets an infusion once a month at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.
Jarret suffers from juvenile arthritis. According to the CDC, 1 in 250 children is diagnosed with the disease.
It was during Jarret’s infusion on Halloween that he decided he wanted to spread some holiday cheer. This month, Jarrett is getting his infusion on Christmas Eve. The seventh-grader didn’t want to show up to the hospital empty handed, so now he’s planning a very special delivery. Jarrett has started collecting toys for families who are spending their holiday at the hospital.
He’s getting help from all over the country. His grandparents organized donations in Florida.
“They make my infusions fun at the hospital,” Jarrett said. “I decided there’s other kids in the hospital fighting for their lives, and I wanted to make it fun for them.”
His family had an open house “Photo with Santa” event on Sunday, and judging by their dining room full of toys, they are off to a good start.
Now they are hoping for one last push.
“Normally, kids are all about themselves on this holiday, but [Jarret] didn’t want anything. I am so proud of him,” said Jarrett’s mother, Kim Michie.
Jarrett is asking for your help.
From now until Dec. 21, he’ll be collecting new and unwrapped toys, books, video games, and anything else for kids who will be at the hospital on Christmas.
Santa delivers the toys to families on Christmas Day.