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Cherokee cadets deliver 'the gift of play' to Niswonger Children’s Hospital

STAFF REPORT • Apr 10, 2019 at 6:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — On Tuesday, Cherokee High School’s Navy JROTC participated in its seventh trip to Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City to deliver 173 Jared Boxes that the cadets assembled.

A Jared Box is a small plastic container filled with a variety of items, including games, toys and coloring supplies, that a child might enjoy. 

Cherokee’s cadets have created 940 Jared Boxes over the last seven years.

Each Jared Box is gender- and age-specific.

The boxes are then delivered to Niswonger Children’s Hospital to brighten up a child’s day.

The boxes show how important it is to come together as a community to help and support each other.

The Jared Box project started nationwide in 2001 in honor of a strong and brave little boy named Jared.

Jared’s mother said, “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.”

Cadets who participated in Tuesday’s delivery were Emily Aviles, Travis Baxley, Destiny Branch, Kendall Chamberlain, Julie Decaro, Miguel Dominguez, Zach Eisenhuth, Kaidence Fleischer, Shannah Gray, RJ Greene, Nathaniel Johnson, Elizabeth Massengill, Alisha Myers, Jade Owens, Cynthia Pierce, SJ Ries, Sara Sirkin, Maisie Smith, Matthew Sorah, Zack Strauss, Mckenzie Warden, John White, and Heather Whitt.