7-Year-Old Collects 12,000 Boxes of Crayons for Rainbow Patients
When 7-year-old Ella Tryon was staying at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in July, all she wanted to do was color a picture of a rainbow.
Admitted for severe food allergies, the second-grader from Montville Township was unable to leave her hospital room, so she helped pass the time by coloring.
After her experience, Ella decided to collect boxes of crayons so every child in the hospital could have their own box. With a goal of collecting 1,000 boxes by Christmas, Ella set up a Facebook page and received some media coverage for the campaign that she named “Color Me a Rainbow.” Drop-off points spanning multiple communities were quickly established, and the donations began to pour in.
As a result, her original goal was quickly surpassed, and she set a new goal of 10,000 boxes by her follow-up appointment in October. Since July, Ella has been able to collect more than 13,000 boxes of crayons and 200 coloring books for the patients at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.
And she’s not finished yet: Ella’s family is in the process of launching a foundation for her campaign, with the goal of sending boxes of crayons to children’s hospitals across the country.