A #WestTexas dentist refused to let the downturn in the economy due to #COVID19 stop him from bringing joy to Make-A-Wish Foundation children. The dentist challenged his staff and others in the #Texas Panhandle community to a “Sunshine Box” challenge.
Dr. Jason White is a long-time supporter of the #MakeAWishFoundation, #Lubbock ABC affiliate KAMC reported. Dr. White witnessed the impact COVID-19 was having on the children and the foundation itself.
“It’s one of those things that just grabbed my heart,” Dr. White told the local ABC reporter. “All the non-profits have been hit extremely hard.”
“There’s a lot of kids in West Texas that deserve to have a wish come true,” he continued.
White and his team decided to take action and create “Sunshine Boxes.” He challenged his staff to come up with unique designs to bring joy to five Make-A-Wish children in the Texas Panhandle region.
For a girl who loves music, one staff member created a beautiful music box. Another box took a patriotic theme for a young boy who loves his country.
“One of the boxes was a Toy Story theme,” White said “That’s great!”
Staff member Stephanie Thompson said, “They open it up and it’s a theme that they are interested in. It was just so much fun!”
This is not the first time Dr. White’s generosity made news in the Lubbock area.
While traveling to Washington, D.C. shortly after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, Dr. White visited a famous restaurant, KAMC reported at the time.
He entered the restaurant wearing a Make America Great Again hat and suddenly discovered the people inside were much further to the political left.
Despite this, his waitress, a young Black woman, made him feel welcome.
When White received the $72 ticket for the meal, he left the waitress a note that read:
“We may come from different cultures and may disagree on certain issues, but if everyone would share their smile and kindness like your beautiful smile, our country will come together as one people. Not race. Not gender. Just American. God Bless!”
… and a $450 tip.
“I looked at the tip and I thought, I do support Donald Trump, I’m not ashamed of that.”