The mission of a little boy who only thought of others will continue on nationally. Pi Sigma Epsilon members voted unanimously at the 2018 National Convention in making a “Jessy’s Toy Box” its national philanthropic organization.
Jessy’s Toy Box was started in North Dakota, by 8-year old Jessy Haberman and his family. Jessy was fighting what his mother calls an “unknown syndrome” his entire life. In his eight years, he had 15 surgeries and two infusions. On February 19, 2018, Jessy lost his battle, but in that short time spread a message of love and generosity for hundreds of kids.
The toy drive was started four years ago, after Jessy received a gift from one the nurses to distract him during an iron infusion.
“It made him smile. Took him out of that moment for a second,” said Heather Haberman, Jessy’s mother.
That day, Jessy made the pledge to help others. Years later, the family is still collecting toys to bring to children at the Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo, North Dakota. Even in Jessy’s last days, his concern stayed on helping those children.
“He asked if he could still do the toy box. I made that promise to him, that I would help him. I told him, I would continue this for him because he loved it so much,” said Haberman.
To help continue that promise, Haberman has been advocating to spread the message of Jessy. So far, “Jessy’s Toy Box” has collection boxes in three states, but with the help of PSE, the Habermans hope to extend across the country.
Jessy’s father is an alumnus of PSE, which brought the family to share Jessy’s story at the fraternity’s national convention in San Diego this year. The organization will start its nation-wide efforts to spreading Jessy’s mission to help raise the spirits of kids through giving and selflessness.