About that “Suit of the Loom” late-night television host Jimmy Kimmel wore on his program earlier this week: It was constructed almost entirely with Rainbow Loom bracelets made by students at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School in Farmington Hills.
The students made enough bracelets to circle their entire school building twice, the Oakland Press reports.
Kimmel, the host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” asked viewers in January to send him creations from the super-hot Rainbow Loom kids’ craze just for the heck of it, but later decided to use his show’s platform to raise money for children with cancer.
Kimmel is selling the suit on eBay and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the MaxLove Project, s nonprofit group inspired by a 7-year-old California youth who is battling brain cancer. Bids will be accepted on the coat through March 8. On Friday evening, the bid stood at $30,500.
The Our Lady of Sorrows students found out earlier this week of the major role they had played in helping Kimmel fulfill his pledge.
“Of course, everything we do here, we don’t do it just to do it. We do it for a purpose,” Julie McCormick, Our Lady of Sorrows’ director of advancement, said. “Kids were not expecting a reward for it.”
They probably also weren’t expecting that a cape made of their looms would be presented on the show to 7-year-old Max Wilford, whose battle with brain cancer inspired the charity designated for proceeds from the sale of the “Suit of the Loom.” A video of the Farmington Hills students was also featured on the show.
“His dream was always to be a superhero. So they made him a superhero cape out of the strands our children wove together,” ” McCormick told the Oakland Press newspaper. “It was like we were reaching across thousands of miles to give Max a hug and cover him in prayer.”
As thanks for their contributions, Kimmel arranged for a party at the school featuring pizza and – wait for it – rainbow sherbet ice cream.The Our Lady of Sorrows students also donated more than 50 Rainbow Loom kits to children who are patients at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. They also got a chance to meet with Rainbow Looms creator Cheong-Choon Ng and his wife, Fen, who signed autographs and told them how he invented their favorite craft in his Michigan garage.