I wanted to let everyone know of another way you and your kids can get involved in making a difference for someone this summer and beyond. It is to get involved with The Jared Box Project.
In 2001 Our Lady of Victory School in State College, Pennsylvania started the project to honor their classmate, Jared. Jared was diagnosed with an incurable brainstem tumor at just 5 years old.
After Jared was diagnosed, he carried a backpack full of toys and games to all his appointments. He would often share his toys and invite the other kids he met to play games with him and sometimes asked why other kids didn’t bring toys to their exam rooms.
Jared lost the battle against his tumor in 2000 and a year later The Jared Box Project, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was born. All donations are tax deductible.
The goal of the Jared Box Project is to lift the spirits of children who are ill and in the hospital. A Jared Box is a plastic storage box filled with small gifts toys, games and fun activities for a specific age and gender. Over 500,000 Jared Boxes have been delivered to hospitals across the country. It is a gift of play to children who are sick because being sick should not interfere with a child’s need to play.
Jared Boxes can provide a diversion for kids in emergency rooms, patient rooms, surgical centers, and clinics and make it easier to wait for exams, procedures, tests, receive chemotherapy, and other medical treatments.
The Jared Box Project is a great project that you can do with just your family or make more boxes by including your friends. To find out how to make the boxes, go to the “Get Started” section of The Jared Box Project website. This project is easy to organize, inexpensive and can benefit children in a hospital wherever you live. You can also follow them on Instagram @jaredboxproject to see some amazing smiles that have come out of this project.
And – as always, if you know someone who is having surgery or is looking for resources to prepare for medical encounters, please share “Surgery Day” and send them our way.