Blank Children's Hospital


After having surgery in 2014, James Tormey was motivated to help the other patients he saw during his stay. He set out to make a difference by recruiting a group of fellow classmates from Waukee South Middle School, who worked together to host the first-ever Coins & Crayons Drive supporting Child Life at Blank Children's!

Throughout the campaign, James educated fellow students and teachers about the services provided at Blank.

"While I was in the hospital, I was not only entertained by Child Life, but also very thankful for the work they do," James said.

Child Life helps a child know what to expect during cancer treatment and plays games to distract from a procedure. Child Life teaches classmates to understand what their friend is going through and supports families so they remember they aren't alone in their journey. Child Life is the heart of Blank Children's. Most importantly, Child Life - and all of the fun provided by Child Life - is only possible because of donations.

With this in mind, the Coins & Crayons committee set out to make a difference. They made posters promoting the drive, gave presentations about the importance of Child Life and showed a video in their lunchroom to help students understand the difference Child Life Specialists make.

Through a classroom competition among 6th grade students at Waukee South Middle School, the Coins & Crayons drive collected over 1,800 new Crayons and raised $400 in coins!

James's determination and his drive - and passion - to help others are what make him a very bright Shinning Star! Thank you, James!!!