Norfolk students take Rachel's Challenge message to heart


by Lasalle Blanks

Posted on April 3, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 3 at 1:23 PM

NORFOLK -- If Santa has his helpers, the kids at Little Creek Elementary School in Norfolk are the Easter bunnies.   They're making Easter baskets for children who are sick and in the hospital.

It's an act of kindness that brought one couple to tears at the Ronald McDonald House in Norfolk.

"It's awesome, just awesome," Greg Harrison said.

"It's hard to talk about, I'm speechless," added his wife Stephanie.

Their son, Gavin, is fighting for his life at CHKD.  He was born prematurely at just 27 weeks and needs a ventilator to help him breathe.

The students don't know little Gavin or his parents - they just know what they're doing feels right.

"It's about making people feel happy and if it makes them happy, it makes me happy," says Madison Wycoff.

These are the types of acts of kindness that are a part of Rachel's Challenge - to teach students how to be better people. 

For families at the Ronald McDonald House, it's nice to know that someone cares during their trying time.

"Thank you, thank you, thank you," Stephanie Harrison said. "It means the world to us and to all of the other kids here because they're really going to appreciate it. Alot of them could use a smile right now."

That's the gift the kids at Little Creek hope their baskets deliver.

"Happy Easter!" they cheered.