A donation fund for 5-year-old David R. Lewis, or Willie, has been set up at Moffat County National Bank and Steamboat Springs National Bank.
Donations jars are also available at local businesses.
Money donated will be used to help Willie's family pay for mounting medical expenses stemming from his rare illness, known as X linked inhibitor of apoptosis deficiency, or XIAP deficiency.
Craig The package's origin: the Cartoon Network's Los Angeles office. The contents: enough toys, notebooks, DVDs and other goodies to rival Christmas and birthdays combined.
The package was sent with the intention of doing just what it did - brighten 5-year-old David R. "Willie" Lewis' day.
"I think it was really generous of them, very nice," Willie's mother, Sarah Lewis, said Friday while watching her son open the box to find toys inside. "He'll love every one of them. : I think it's the happiest I've seen him in quite a while."
Willie, who was featured in the May 26 edition of the Saturday Morning Press, has a rare condition known as X linked inhibitor of apoptosis deficiency, or XIAP deficiency. He is one of an estimated 9 or 10 people in the world to have the illness, which often makes Willie sick and keeps him indoors for long periods of time.
Much of that time inside is spent tuned to his favorite channel, 296 on the dial, or the Cartoon Network.
"That T.V. has been on 296 since he got it," said Willie's father, Nathan Lewis.
After stumbling upon the May 26 story and learning of Willie's fondness for the station's programming, employees at the Cartoon Network gathered toys and other items to send to Willie. The package arrived Thursday.
"We heard that you like to watch Cartoon Network and we hope this box of goodies will brighten your day," the network wrote in a card addressed to Willie with the package. "Stay strong and stay well."
But, the package wasn't the only gift made by people associated with the Cartoon Network.
Dominic Janes, a young actor who plays "Jimmy" in the network's live action movie and upcoming series "Re-Animated," also sent Willie a note, photos and a $250 check, which will be deposited into a donation fund. Donations will be used to help offset the debt incurred by the Lewis family from Willie's mounting medical expenses - now somewhere between $20,000 and $25,000.
"As my son works on acting projects here in Los Angeles," Dominic's mother, Marcy Janes wrote, "I want him to be aware that his audience might be people like Willie, for whom the characters in the television programs might feel like friends who are there with him when he is sick.
"Dominic and Cartoon Network are thinking of Willie."
So far, about $3,000 has been donated to the Lewis family. Sarah Lewis said the money was put to good use.
"Every little bit is going to help," she said. "I was able to pay off bills that were in collection."
After opening the Cartoon Network's package and fishing out the last of the numerous items inside, Willie and his siblings immediately began playing with the toys Friday. Action figures from one of Willie's favorite shows, "The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy," seemed to meet with the most popularity.
"I'm going to share with everybody, even (sister) Daija," Willie said.
He also offered some other words - at the prompting of his mom.
"Willie, what do you say?" Sarah said.
"Um, thank you, Cartoon Network," he said.