FREMONT, Calif. - An East Bay girl is giving back during the holidays by selling homemade Christmas cards, with plans to donate the proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Jazzlyn Garcia of Fremont decided to make and sell Christmas cards after seeing her friends make cards and donate to the money to charity.
The nine-year-old said her mission was motivated by the story of another child across the country after watching a movie called “The Heart of Christmas.” The movie depicts the true story of a community who decorated their neighborhood in Illinois for Christmas several months before Dec. 25, so a boy with Leukemia, Dax Locke, could celebrate early.
“At the end of the movie it said $1.4 million only helps for one day at St. Jude Hospital,” Jazzlyn said.
Jazzlyn’s mother, Jennifer Garcia, said her daughter was inspired to help.
“I explained to her that there are some sick kids out there and St. Jude is a hospital that gives free transportation and food,” Garcia said. “She was touched.”
So far, Jazzlyn has sold the Christmas cards to family and friends, but she hopes to raise more money through a GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/jazzstjude
Mom didn’t expect her daughter’s first charitable act to come at such a young age.
“It’s not always, ‘Oh I want this for Christmas’,” Garcia said. “She’s actually thinking of others and being kind.”
Jazzlyn said making cards and selling them makes her feel good.
“Because that means the more money I raise, the more I can give to St. Jude’s Hospital and the kids can get better,” she added.