EYNON — Dalton and Olyphant resident Timmy Walsh, 13, teamed up with McDonald’s to help create smiles on children’s faces during a trying time in their lives by securing items needed to build Jared Boxes. McDonald’s in Eynon donated 150 Happy Meal toys to help Walsh fill boxes that will be donated to a local hospital’s pediatrics department through his Camera For A Cure nonprofit organization.
The local McDonald’s, owned and operated by the Mueller family, has been helping nonprofit organizations and children’s programs for years through charitable donations. The Mueller family has supported Walsh and his Camera For A Cure since its creation in 2008.
This is Walsh’s second time creating Jared Boxes. As an Eagle Scout and Den Chief, he plans on sharing the experience with his Cub Scouts.
The Jared Box website explains, “A Jared Box is a plastic storage box filled with small gifts, toys, games, and fun activities. Each box contains items selected for a specific age and gender. The boxes are delivered to hospitals. Jared Boxes provide a special diversion for young patients in emergency rooms, patient rooms, surgical centers, and clinics as they receive chemotherapy and other medical treatments. Jared Boxes bring smiles and laughter and lift the spirits of children in the hospital.”
Walsh will donate the boxes as part of his Eagle Scout celebration not only in honor of Jared, but in honor of Zachary Scott, who was a 14-month-old boy whose life was cut short by a child abuser.
For more information on Camera For A Cure, visit facebook.com/cameraforacure. Information on the Jared Box project can be found at thejaredbox.com. Information on Zachary’s story can be found at rememberingzacharyproject.com.