On Thursday, January 1, 2016, our first and second year students got together to take part in an event that is becoming a tradition in the Temple OT program– assembling Jared Boxes and delivering them to the boys and girls at Shriners Hospital. Donation collections for the project had been going on throughout the fall semester. It was exciting to finally put the boxes together, as well as to take a break from studying and working on class projects. We were all happy to shift our focus to bringing joy to others! Keep reading for more details about The Jared Box Project from M2 Community Service Chair, Brian Smart!
For the second year in a row, Temple OT dropped off The Jared Box Project donations to Shriners Hospital in North Philadelphia. The Jared Box Project was started in 2001 by the children at Our Lady of Victory School in State College in honor of their classmate and friend who passed away from a brain stem tumor. For the donations, we filled over 40 shoebox sized plastic containers with different toys, games, craft supplies, and activities for the children at Shriners. Each box has a different note inside written by one of our students. The staff at Shriners are always accommodating and gave us a tour of the hospital from one of their awesome occupational therapists, Justine. We always have a great time assembling and delivering the boxes, and plan to make this a yearly event for Temple OT. Thank you to Temple SOTA, Temple OT professors, Oak Knoll Elementary staff, and all of the students and their families that made donations.
Written by Brian Smart (M2 Community Service Chair)
For more picture, please take a look at our “Jared Box Project 2016” photo album on our Facebook page: facebook.com/templesota