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Lock Haven University Students Partner with Kiwanis for Jared Box Donation

by UPMC Susquehanna

 As part of Lock Haven University’s Day of Service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., students, staff, volunteers, and LHU President Robert Pignatello, partnered with the Kiwanis Club of Bald Eagle and Nittany Valleys to pack and donate 60 Jared Boxes to UPMC Susquehanna Lock Haven.

The Jared Box project was founded in 2001 by the children at Our Lady of Victory School in State College 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. Jared was diagnosed with an incurable brainstem tumor and at just 5 years old, he demonstrated faith, wisdom and compassion for others.

A Jared Box is a plastic storage box filled with small gifts, toys, games, and fun activities. Each box features items for a specific age and gender. 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, helping bring smiles and laughter while lifting the spirits of children in hospitals. The boxes symbolize the importance of play and are filled with well wishes, hope, and love.

Pictured with President Pignatello are students, staff, and volunteers from Lock Haven University; Matt Wise, Kiwanis Club of Bald Eagle and Nittany Valleys; and UPMC Susquehanna representatives Jeffrey Kimmler, manager of Imaging Services, Amy Quiggle, RN, and Holly Smeltzer, volunteer coordinator.