Ambassadors of Hope
By Kelli Gile
Walnut—As the school year wrapped up at Vejar Elementary, student ambassadors got ready to send 52 special gifts of hope to hospitalized children.
Each classroom on campus filled a plastic shoebox with small toys, paints, games, stuffed animals, craft kits, and puzzles for a girl or boy of a specific age. All donations were delivered to the City of Hope.
The Jared Box Project, a non-profit organization, is designed to provide a diversion to young patients in emergency rooms, patient rooms, and surgical centers as they receive chemotherapy and other medical treatments.
Teachers Susie Winter and Brenda Stone advise the 4th and 5th grade Vejar Student Ambassadors (VSA) service club who headed up the school-wide project.
“It was so fun to watch these kids filling Jared Boxes for their peers in hospitals. It was a great way to learn empathy and being part of a community,” Winter said.
Since 2001, over 200,000 Jared Boxes have been delivered across the United States.
“Hopefully our efforts bring a smile and comfort to those children and their families who receive a Jared Box,” added Stone.