MIDLAND – Four years ago, Hope Brookshire of Greenwood, Texas read an article about a young girl affected with cancer at St. Jude Children’s Hospital. “I saw a picture, and I read through it, broke down and started crying,” Hope said. It had a huge impact on her young life and sparked a mission.
She then got the idea to make blankets for them, “that way they would always have a reminder that someone out there is thinking of them.” Now at fourteen, this teenager in neighboring Greenwood is making 78 blankets of camouflage and orange for each of the 78 inpatients beds at St. Jude is almost complete. Over the years, she saved $2,000 of her own money to make this mission a reality.
Tammy Brookshire, Hope’s mom wasn’t too sure about how far her daughter’s idea would go, but she says she’s proud of Hope’s determination to achieve a dream. Although there are different ways to “give,” Hope says her goal of bringing joy to kids, when they need it most, is about to pay off and she hopes others will follow her lead.
“You can donate money which is awesome and a wonderful thing to do because that is what’s going to be, the cure, but the kids don’t see the money. This way they actually have something to hold onto to look and read each day,“ Tammy said. “I want people to realize that these kids need something to keep them going,” Hope said. “It makes me very happy, that they each get a blanket and that there’s people out there for them”