The goal of the Jared Box Project is to lift the spirits of chronically ill children. The boxes symbolize the importance of play and are filled with well wishes, hope, and love.
A Jared Box is a shoebox size plastic storage box filled with small gifts, toys, cards, and games. Each box contains items selected for a specific age and gender. The boxes are delivered to hospitals and are given to chronically ill children. The Jared Boxes provide a special diversion for young patients as they receive chemotherapy and other medical treatments.
The Jared Box project was started in 2001 by the children at Our Lady of Victory School in State College, PA to honor their classmate and friend, Jared. He was a brave little boy who battled cancer with courage and faith that continues to inspire us all.
DKG Theta Zeta Chapter dedicates a meeting every year to prepare our Jared Boxes. Members bring shoe boxes filled with items for children anywhere from preschool to high school age. Each member provides the plastic boxes, items for the boxes, and decorations for the boxes, which are decorated at the meeting. All of the boxes are delivered to Desert Regional Hospital's Pediatric Ward in Palm Springs.