Carmel Fire Dept. firefighter Jim Buttler and wife, Jama, saw the need to brighten hospital rooms during their late daughter Brooke’s battle with cancer.
To honor Brooke’s memory by easing other young hospital patients’ lives, the couple help lead CFD’s efforts to collect bed sheets during the Give A Sheet campaign. Brooke, a 2016 New Palestine High School graduate, died at age 18 nearly three years ago.
CFD Public Information Officer Tim Griffin said the department collected more than 500 sheets in September 2018.
The goal this year is to collect 1,000 sheets during September, which is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
“All of us know someone that has dealt with childhood cancer, so it’s really important,” Griffin said. “It’s important to some of our firefighters, who have lost children to cancer. These kids spend so much time in these hospital rooms, having to go through treatments. Sometimes the parents have to leave and go to work. If it can be something as little as a sheet, whether it be a Marvel comic or a Disney character, something bright and colorful to help their day go a little easier, we know it makes a difference in these kids’ lives. If we can help brighten their day, that’s what we want to do.”
Griffin said firefighters have challenged each other to see how many sheets they can collect.
Donations may be dropped off at any fire station in Carmel. The sheets are then delivered to Sheets from Home, a nonprofit. Sheet sizes needed are twin, twin XL and crib.
For more about the Give A Sheet campaign, visit sheetsfromhome.org.