CSCR™ and the Sapphire Leadership Academic Program partner with The Jared Box Project

The Center for Supply Chain Research™ and the Sapphire Leadership Academic Program in the Smeal College of Business has recently partnered with The Jared Box Project as part of a department wide initiative for increased community outreach.

The Center for Supply Chain Research™ and the Sapphire Leadership Academic Program, Smeal College of Business, are partnering with The Jared Box Project. 

The Jared Box Project started in 2001 by the children at Our Lady of Victory School in State College, Pennsylvania, to honor their classmate and friend, Jared. Jared was diagnosed with an incurable brainstem tumor in 1999. He was an exemplary role model of faith, wisdom, and compassion for others at the very early age of five. Throughout his time in the hospital, Jared carried a backpack full of toys to share and play with the other children in the hospital, and his contagious smile brightened the days for many very sick young patients like himself. Unfortunately, Jared's battle ended on November 12, 2000, while listening to his favorite song, "You'll Be In My Heart." 

Jared's mom, Ruth, shares these thoughts: "Think of one of your happiest childhood moments. Chances are it involved play - whether it was a favorite vacation, special toy, or time spent with family and friends. A Jared Box is the gift of play to children in the hospital. Play is important, and a life threatening illness shouldn't interfere with the need to play." 

The mission of The Jared Box Project is to lift the spirits of children in hospitals by giving children a box full of toys to play with. Over 250,000 boxes have been delivered across the United States reaching all 50 states. Each Jared Box is a plastic storage box filled with small gifts, toys, games, and fun activities, specified by gender and age. The Jared Box Project has partnered with many organizations and the business community, including: Girl Scouts of America, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, King's 2015 Baseball Team, Poconos Mountain School District, Sterilite Corporation, TJMaxx, Kohls, Target, etc. 

At the Center for Supply Chain Research™, we are very excited to be taking on this new community engagement project and hope with the help of staff, faculty, and corporate sponsors, we will be able to make a great impact on The Jared Box Project and touch the lives of many children. The Smeal Sapphire Leadership Academic Program will have it's talented sapphire students work on projects to benefit the organization as well.

More information how CSCR™ corporate sponsors can get involved will be provided at the Spring 2016 Corporate Sponsors Meeting on April 27th.

To learn more about The Jared Box Project, please visit: The Jared Box Project.