Transit Full of Toys Heads Out to Children’s Hospital
Jarrett and Kim Michie.
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Life has this uncourteous tendency to throw us curve balls without allowing us the chance or choice to opt-out. If you’ve lived any longer than 5 minutes you know that there are some things in life that are just out of your control; you have to face them head on and give it your best swing. It was Charles R. Swindoll who said that “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” And boy is that true! Just ask Apple Valley’s Jarrett Michie.
After being diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, Jarrett has had to make monthly visits to the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital for an infusion. It was on Halloween of 2014 when Jarrett found out that his December infusion would be taking place on Christmas Eve. Not wanting to show up to the hospital empty handed, the seventh-grader insisted on spreading Christmas cheer by bringing toys for other patients.
“They make my infusions fun at the hospital,” Jarrett said. “I decided there are other kids in the hospital fighting for their lives, and I wanted to make it fun for them.”
It’s now been a 5-year tradition for the Michies to jam-pack one of our Ford Transits with gifts from Santa to be delivered to the hospital on Christmas Day. Toys can be dropped off on the sleigh parked outside the Michie residence, and are then processed and certified through the “North Pole” for delivery! The family has also hosted a “Photo with Santa” event to ring in more donations.
“It’s all about positive attitudes, not letting what happens to you control you,” Jarrett said. Recognizing that he’s not battling this alone, he noted “I get a lot of help from my mom and dad and our friends, the doctors and people in the community.”
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