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7-year-old collects 12,000 boxes of crayons for children at Rainbow Babies

Ella with some of the boxes of donated crayons. (Source: Facebook/Color Me A Rainbow) Ella with some of the boxes of donated crayons. (Source: Facebook/Color Me A Rainbow)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Ella Tryon, 7, has collected over 12,000 crayons for patients at University Hospitals' Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.

Ella got the idea after she was admitted to the hospital in July for severe food allergies.

"While at the hospital Ella wanted to color a rainbow," her Facebook page says. "Ella and her mom found that there did not appear to be enough crayons for every child and the ones they did have were worn down. This was very disappointing to Ella, as she was unable to leave her room due to her treatment. Ella told her mother she wished every child could have their own box of crayons."

She set a goal of collecting 1,000 boxes by Christmas, but quickly surpassed it, setting a new goal of 10,000 boxes before her follow-up appointment in October.

The second grader at St. Mary's in Chardon collected the boxes through a campaign she called "Color Me A Rainbow." She will also send 200 coloring books to the pediatric patients.

Ella's family is in the process of launching a foundation for her campaign, "Help Me Color A Rainbow," which would send crayons to children's hospitals across the country.

Ella will deliver the crayons to the hospital on Monday.

You can follow her journey on her Facebook page.

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