Pennsylvania 8th Grader Molly has set a goal to help 85 Courageous Kids fighting cancer – with 17 empty water bottles. This Compassion Change drive started the last week of September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!
Molly said the inspiration for her project came from her 10-year-old cousin William, from Florida. William was diagnosed with leukemia about three months ago and recently received his own JoyJar. She said seeing the encouragement to Never Ever Give Up that the JoyJar brought to her younger cousin, Molly wanted to help more children experience the same.
“I wanted to make people with cancer feel happy, for them to be able to be kids and be themselves,” she said. “So I wanted to raise money to send (JoyJars) to other kids with cancer.”
Molly delivered 17 empty bottles, one to each of the school’s homerooms and then waited as her fellow students filled them with dimes over the next week. With a Compassion Change drive, each water bottle can hold enough dimes to fund 5 of Jessie’s JoyJars. Molly’s goal is for the students in each homeroom to fill their jar to the top, providing funds for a total of 85 JoyJars to send to kids fighting cancer.