If you’ve seen Jimmy Kimmel Live you know that Jimmy likes to have the fun with the kids and the people and the stuff. Who doesn’t? He’s just better at it.
Kimmel is a father of two and his wife has a baby on the way (Congrats!). He knows what being a dad is all about, and if you ever had any doubts just watch this video (below) in its entirety — he chokes up at the end, long after you will, and if that isn’t the sound of a guy that gets it then I don’t know what is.
Right. In. The. Feels.
The 7-year-old boy in the video is named Max, and he has cancer. Also, he’s super. Max has been working on the longest Rainbow Loom chain in the world, and if you don’t know what Rainbow Loom is then you don’t know a kid in elementary school.
I’m wearing a Rainbow Loom bracelet right now.
Jimmy Kimmel Live, well before they knew of Max, had asked parents to have their kids loom something for Jimmy, which they did, and then the show weaved them all together to create a “Suit of the Loom” that he wore on air. Along with all of the loomed goodness they also received a video from an elementary school in Tustin, California about Max and his own Loom-A-Thon. As soon as Kimmel saw the video he knew that he had to meet Max, and that’s why we are here.
We can help Max help kids fight cancer. Visit www.ebay.com/SuitOfTheLoom to bid on Jimmy’s suit with all proceeds going to the Max Love Project or visit the charity directly at www.maxloveproject.org. If you share the video use the #SuitOfTheLoom hashtag.
I’ll be honest, I don’t let my kids watch Jimmy Kimmel Live for a number of reasons, but I’m pretty sure he’s okay with that; however, they are going to watch this video because in one quick clip it shows so much of what I am trying to do as a father. There is humor, compassion, charitable citizenship, creativity, the strength of the individual, the power of a team, friendship, love, and Iron Man.
My boys had the idea around the holidays to create their own Rainbow Loom items that we would then sell with all proceeds going to charity. Unfortunately, we were sidetracked by life and the distractions of it, so we never made that happen. But it was inspiring, and they were the driving force behind it — they were inspiring. I want them to watch this video of Jimmey Kimmel and Super Max to give their passion a jumpstart. Who knows where it will lead, but kids helping kids is a wonderful way to spend the weekend.
Jimmy Kimmel knows what I’m talking about.
Whit Honea is the author of The Parents’ Phrase Book. Read more at his site Honea Express. You can follow Whit on the Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and Pinterest (his opinions are his own and do not reflect those of Babble, Disney, or most rational people).