RURAL MARSHALL, Mo. — Lots of kids come home with drawings they made at school. But, 5-year old Jase Crumbaugh’s picture of the infamous Grinch was better than just refrigerator art. His mom, Cindy, thought he’d done so well she wondered if he received help from his kindergarten teacher at Hardeman School.
“I’m like, really, you drew that?” she asks. “And he said, ‘yeah, we watched a video on how to draw the Grinch.’ He did really well on it. I thought, ‘Let’s do something with this.'”
That got her thinking. Maybe she should have a poster made of it or a T-shirt just for him to wear. But then an idea came to her – maybe it could benefit other children. She worked with a T-shirt specialized company to make Jase’s artwork into a fundraiser for Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, specifically its cancer center.
“I chose Children’s Mercy because it’s a good hospital. You never know when your child may need something like that. My daughter had to go there once,” she says, adding her daughter’s health is now fine. “It seems like the right thing to do, I guess. It just popped into my head,” she says with a laugh.
It’s not uncommon for kids wanting to help other kids, like lemonade stands, says Jane Schrader, philanthropic and community engagement manager for Children’s Mercy. These acts of kindness help the hospital serve a half million children each year.
“When I was talking with his mom, Cindy, and she asked who he wanted to support this holiday season, he said kids. And that aligns perfectly with Children’s Mercy and what our mission is. It’s families like Jase’s and other community members that allow us to keep to our mission and we are so grateful,” Schrader says.
Underneath Jase’s picture is a line that echoes The Grinch’s words about the meaning of Christmas: “Maybe, perhaps, Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, it means a bit more.” Their words are: “Maybe, perhaps, we can help with a cure.”
Within hours after contacting the Children’s Mercy, Jase’s fundraiser was linked to the hospital website. His family’s somewhat modest fundraising goal of $500 has been met, primarily through the T-shirt company specializing in fundraisers. But they’re hoping more will donate to the cause.
“He was so excited he’d beat our goal. He said, ‘those kids are going to scream,'” Crumbaugh says with a laugh as she recalls his excitement.
See Jase’s excitement, when his mom videotaped his response (below).
He might have been a mean one, Mr. Grinch. But the moral to the Grinch story is not to lose sight of the spirit of the holiday: the season of giving.
His T-shirt is available for purchase until the end of today, Dec. 23, but the deadline may be extended a few days more, Crumbaugh says. Those interested can click here to go to Children’s Mercy website, champions.childrensmercy.org, to support the effort. Individuals can also donate money in any amount in lieu of a shirt.