Jeremiah's gift for sick kids
FORGET toys, video games and even his two front teeth.
All Jeremiah Hay wants for Christmas is to help the sick kids at Hervey Bay Hospital.
The selfless seven-year-old yesterday presented a money box containing all his savings to the paediatrics ward at the hospital.
He said he wanted the sick and injured children to have presents, just like everyone else.
Jeremiah came up with his charitable plan in July, when he told his mum Sharon he wanted to donate his savings to the hospital.
He hadn’t even been a patient recently, she said, he just decided he wanted to help out.
“It came out of the blue,” Sharon said.
“He went around asking all the family and friends and neighbours and told them what he was doing.
“He helped with my neighbour’s garage sale and they gave him $10 in wages and it went straight in there.”
Jeremiah said it took him a while to decide what to do with the money.
“I thinked and thinked and then I came up with a good idea,” he said.
He said he hoped the cash would help the children get better, even if he wasn’t sure how much was in the heavy tin.
Nurse Unit Manager Ann Woolcock said the hospital staff were blown away by the kind gesture.
“We don’t usually get donations like this, I think this is pretty special,” she said.
“It’s for the kids and they appreciate it the most.
“As a group, we’ll try and work out where we need something and put it towards the children, whether it be toys or decor – something bright on the walls.”
There are currently five kids, including two babies, in the children’s ward.
At least two of those, including five-year-old Jake Dwyer, will spend tomorrow there, while others are expected to go home tonight.
Jeremiah says he’s already thinking about how he can raise money for a different organisation next year.