SES Toy Drive

SES Toy Drive
Posted on 12/19/2019

As many families prepare for the holidays, students and staff at Sullivan Elementary School have been collecting toys for children who will be spending their holiday in Riley Hospital for Children.

For SES Secretary Becky Boone, this year’s toy drive is a way to honor the memory of her 7-year-old grandson, Jackson Pirtle, who passed away in 2018 due to complications from the flu. Jackson spent three weeks at Riley Hospital during his illness.

Boone’s donation stems from a “Random Act of Kindness” campaign started by Jackson’s mother, Sarah Boone. When others email Sarah detailing a random act of kindness they have done, she prints them off and puts them in Jackson's stocking to be read to his younger brother on Christmas morning. (If anyone would like to share a random act of kindness to be placed in Jackson's stocking, please email Sarah Boone at [email protected] .)

“Her dad and I also wanted to do something to honor Jackson and keep his memory alive,” explained Becky Boone. “We decided to elaborate on her Random Act of Kindness campaign and donate something each Christmas to a charitable cause.”

She added, “We set up a small separate Christmas tree that sits on a side table in our dining room. I make or purchase an ornament to commemorate whatever donation we made that year.  It's kind of our way to have Jackson with us during our family Christmas celebration.” 

The toy drive, which is in its third year, is organized by SES teaching assistant, Skylar Brown. “I really did it just to bring joy to the children and make their hospital stays a little brighter,” she said. “The kids here at school really enjoy it and I believe it teaches them kindness and how to give to others.”

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