An 11-year-old cancer survivor, Mchalie Walter, is spreading the holiday cheer by collecting gifts for children at a Michigan hospital. This inspirational story began about a week ago when the girl’s mother, Royale Walter, posted to Facebook about Mchalie’s Christmas plan. Since then, the post has touched the hearts of thousands.
Mchalie was diagnosed with leukemia at age four. But, that hasn’t stopped her in the slightest. Mchalie has big plans.
Royale went to Facebook to recruit Christmas elves to help Mchalie:
Since the initial post to the Walters’ family Facebook page, Mchalie’s plan has gotten hundreds of shares, comments and likes.
Linked to the post is Mchalie’s Amazon wishlist with gifts viewers can choose from and send to the Walters, who will wrap and deliver to children at the hospital. Over the past week, hundreds of boxes have been piling up in their garage.
“The first time we got a ton of packages it made me really happy,” Mchalie told KMOV4 in St.Louis.
Though Mchalie is in remission, she remembers what it’s like to spend the holidays in the hospital. This was the reason she chose to distribute the gifts to Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, the very place she received treatment.
Giving Back for the Holidays
“I remember being in the hospital on holidays, and it was always hard being away from my family,” she said. “So, I just thought to give a little joy to the kids that are in the hospital while they are there.”
Royale Walter was happy to help Mchalie when she asked if she could post to Facebook.
“I was really surprised because she said this had been on her mind for some time, but she doesn’t talk a lot about her time in the hospital. I was really proud of her,” Royale said.
Mchalie plans to give the gifts to the kids at her next doctor’s appointment later this month.
“I just really hope they are happy, and I really hope they remember this. Because when we were in the hotels and hospitals, I remember getting a gift and having fun playing with it. And that’s what I want the kids to remember,” Mchalie said.
So far, the Walter family has collected more than 300 gifts, gas cards, and $170 for Mchalie to purchase more gifts. The family is taking donations until December 15th.
Cancer Survivor Collecting Gifts for Hospital — Sources