KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Joah's Pink Bags of Hope



Bookmark and Share

Joah Royer looks like your average sixth grader. However, she has started something that proves she is well beyond her years.

 

Her project is called pink bags of hope. It's an idea that began after Joah's grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. Joah fills pink bags with goodies, and delivers them to patients going through chemo. She started buying items for the bags with her own tooth fairy money.

 

“I had a tooth pulled that night, and then I got about three or four dollars. I went out and bought a couple dollar things and made one bag and delivered it to my grandma,” said Joah.

 

What started out as a small idea soon gained momentum

 

“When I walked in I saw that nobody else really got any so then I decided to make some for them who didn't have family members close that could give them something,” said Joah.

 

“When your kid comes home, they're eleven years old at the time, and they say they want to do something like this, you don't tell them no. It's a great thing to see," said Ryan Royer, Joah’s father.

 

Each bag is packed by Joah, and decorated with a different message. She says she wants to give patients items that will simply put a smile on their face.

 

“We were surprising somebody and we gave them mustaches. We got a picture when they were on the boat and they had the mustaches on,” said Joah.

 

“When people get them I think they're taken back. I think they're blown away that this little girl would think of doing it,” said Joah’s father.

 

Joah's tooth fairy funds eventually ran out. That's when the donations started coming in. She has received boxes of goodies from local businesses, and patients who have been touched by her.

 

“She wants to go everywhere and anywhere she can. If she puts a bunch of bags together one day and says she wants to go take them to Sioux Falls then we'll throw them in the car and head out to Sioux Falls,” said Joah’s father.

 

And that is Joah’s ultimate goal. To deliver pink bags and a little hope to as many people as possible.



< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

BackPack Program To Feed Record Amount  story with video

The number of stomachs one South Dakota food assistance program has been ...

Obama Authorizes Federal Disaster Aid For SD

President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for South Dakota ...

1st Revenue Estimate Puts SD State Budget In Black

Two agencies say state government is expected to end the new fiscal year in the black. ...

SF Road Construction Season In Full Swing  story with video  Jul. 28

Grain Elevators Looking For More Trains  story with video  Jul. 28

Police Release SF Robbery Suspect Pictures  Jul. 28

Man Reported Fake Robbery At SD Verizon Store  Jul. 28

SBA Disaster Centers Closing In 3 SD Cities  Jul. 28

Education Students In SD Get State Scholarship  Jul. 28

No More Handshakes  story with video  Jul. 28

Dollar Tree Buying Family Dollar For $8.5 billion  Jul. 28

Court Upholds SD Man's Murder Sentence  Jul. 28

CO Man Dies In Meade County Accident  Jul. 28

Aurora Woman Killed In Idaho Accident  Jul. 28

Iowa Town Bracing For Closure Of Tyson Foods Plant  Jul. 28

Grain Storage Space A Problem In Parts Of SD  Jul. 28

SD Statehood Project Uses Soil From Each County  Jul. 28

Tornado-Stricken Nebraska Town Gets Some Iowa Help  Jul. 28

Officials Urge Crackdown On Tax Evaders At Rally  Jul. 28

Tribal Group Asking For Hearing On Water Rights  Jul. 28

KDLT News Archive
     

Police Release SF Robbery Suspect Pictures

Sioux Falls Police have released surveillance pictures ...

CO Man Dies In Meade County Accident

A Colorado man died in a one-vehicle crash on the New ...

No More Handshakes  story with video

(NBC News) Our society dictates that when meeting someone new the polite ...

Court Upholds SD Man's Murder Sentence  Jul. 28

Aurora Woman Killed In Idaho Accident  Jul. 28

Dollar Tree Buying Family Dollar For $8.5 billion  Jul. 28

BackPack Program To Feed Record Amount  story with video  Jul. 28

Iowa Town Bracing For Closure Of Tyson Foods Plant  Jul. 28

KDLT News Archive
     

Madison and Tabor advance to "B" Championship  story with video

Tabor won a thriller over Groton 6-5 to advance to Tuesday's State "B" Legion ...

Hejna jumps into college football at SDSU  story with video

Considering his first name it's appropriate that Yankton's J. J. ...

Vikings Sign Rudolph To Extension  story with video

Mankato, MN (July 27, 2014) – The Minnesota Vikings have announced ...

Birds Blow Chance For Sweep  story with video  Jul. 27

Madison Rolls Past Groton At Legion State B  story with video  Jul. 27

Champions Crowned At Asfora/Clayton Tournament  story with video  Jul. 27

Veteran Greenway Leader On Vikings Defense  story with video  Jul. 27

Canaries Make It Two In A Row Against X's  story with video  Jul. 26

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top