Two girls took their time of sadness and turned it into helpfulness while visiting loved ones at Gesinger CMC in Scranton.
Abby Waters and Morriah Santarelli, both students in the Valley View School District, built Jared boxes for kids at the Multi Specialty Clinic at GCMC, specialty clinic houses a multitude of specialists and sees children, as well as adults. They were in need of Jared Boxes to give to their pediatric patients.
A Jared Box is a plastic storage box filled with small gifts, toys, games and activities. Each box contains items selected for a specific age and gender. Jared Boxes provide a special diversion for young patients as they receive chemotherapy and other medical treatments.
Jared was a five-year-old boy who was diagnosed with an incurable brainstem tumor in 1999. Each time he would go for treatment, he would bring toys and share them with other young patients to play with. After Jared died in 2000, his school mates began creating Jared Boxes in memory of Jared and the joy he spread. The idea spread and Jared Boxes are now in every state in the country.
The girls built nearly 30 boxes. Abby is 10, a fifth-grade student who participates in cheer and dance. Morriah is 12, a seventh-grade student involved in student council and plays basketball.
McDonald’s in Eynon, owned and operated by the Curran family, donated Happy Meal toys to be placed in the boxes.
To learn more about The Jared Box Project, visit thejaredbox.com.
Abby Waters (left) and Morriah Santarelli.