AS LITTLE Zaac Dow prepared to undergo surgery today in Brisbane, youngsters back home in Gladstone were keeping him close to their hearts.
This past week, the Gladstone community has rallied around little Zaac as he continues to fight for his life against the terrible disease, meningococcal.
One group within the community eager to show their support for Zaac is the Kookaburra Group at Stepping Stones Childcare Centre.
The Kookas (4 and 5-year-olds) decided the best way to show they were thinking of Zaac was to send a get well card.
"We can tell him we love him by making a card," Casey Fraser (4) said.
"We can draw a love heart on the card because we want him to get better," Sienna Maitland (4) said.
"He will like the dinosaurs on the card," Tyler Britton (4) said.
Heather Curran, director of Stepping Stones Childcare Centre in Gladstone, said the centre wanted to show their support even though Zaac attends a different centre.
"The kids have heard about it and even though many won't know Zaac personally, it shows we're thinking of him and his family at this horrible time," she said.
The cards will be sent directly to Zaac's family.
Thoughts and prayers will be with the Dow family and Zaac.
The two children in Rockhampton Hospital with meningococcal are now in a stable condition.
Send your love to Zaac
The Observer would like to encourage community members to send a get well card to Zaac and his family.
Cards can be sent to The Gladstone Observer PO BOX 351 Gladstone 4680 and these will be given to the Dow family.
Alternatively you can take a picture of the card and email it to email@example.com.