CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - It was snowing indoors for 14-year-old BJ Correll.
When Melissa King, a teacher at East Lincoln Middle School, learned BJ was going to spend Christmas in the hospital she had her class mail paper snowflakes to transform his room into a winter wonderland. The year was 2015.
Many of you probably remember BJ, one of our beloved and longtime #MollysKids who lost his battle to cancer in 2016.
This past Christmas, BJ's younger sister Carly and mom Michelle wanted to honor his memory and spread the same Christmas cheer. They gathered a crew of principals, teachers, students and BJ's old friends and delivered 200 bags of cards and snowflakes to Levine Children's Hospital, Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation (at the hospital) and to the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.
"I was overwhelmed to have six schools participating," Michelle said. "I'm grateful to live in a community that comes out in full force."
With privacy laws they couldn't go into hospital rooms to take pictures, but Michelle says she knows all the nurses helped put them up.
"This week, maybe snow will come outside to match the inside decorations," she said. "Either way, I hope the kids enjoy them as much as we did while BJ was inpatient. We kept his snowflakes hanging until he went home in Hospice care."
How did Carly and Michelle get so many people involved?
Carly is vice-president of her student council at North Lincoln Middle. She rallied her classmates. Then the principal at East Lincoln Middle heard and got her school, a girl scout troop and Lincoln Charter School interested.
It just kept spreading, taking Lincoln County by storm...a snowstorm.
Picture here of Carly and some of those who helped her and Michelle deliver the kindness.
Proud of you, Carly. Attaching one of my favorite pictures of us, too.