SCRANTON — North Scranton Boy Scout Troop 57, chartered by the Mary Mother of God Parish, recently built Jared Boxes for hospitalized children.
Presented with the idea by Eagle Scout Tim Walsh, the Scouts and families rallied behind the plan. They purchased 21 boxes, along with toys and other items to place in each box. Building the boxes for children in the 4-8 year age range, the boxes included tattoos, stickers, crayons and small toys.
McDonald’s in Eynon, owned and operated by the Curran family, donated both boy and girl Happy Meal toys to be placed in the boxes which also included a handwritten get well card, Scouts On My Honor card and a Random Acts of Kindness card in memory of Zachary Scott, a 14-month-old baby boy whose life was cut short by a child abuser.
Jared Boxes are plastic storage boxes filled with small gifts, toys, games and fun activities delivered to hospitals to provide a special diversion for young patients as they receive chemotherapy and other medical treatments. They are named in memory of a five year old boy who was diagnosed with an incurable brainstem tumor in 1999.