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Cherokee NJROTC delivers 'gift of play' to Niswonger Children's Hospital

By CADET LT. EMILY HARRIS • Apr 24, 2018 at 2:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — On April 13, Cherokee High School’s Navy JROTC participated in its sixth annual trip to the Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City to deliver 175 Jared Boxes compiled by cadets to benefit the young patients.

A Jared Box is a small plastic container holding a variety of items that a child might enjoy such as small games, toys, coloring supplies, etc.

Since adopting the Jared Box program as one of their primary causes, the Cherokee NJROTC cadets have filled and delivered 767 Jared Boxes.

Each Jared Box is gender- and age-specific.The boxes are then delivered to the hospital to brighten 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 whose name was Jared.

His 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 the delivery included Julie Decaro, Brooke Johnson, Nathaniel Adams, Hannah Collins, Shalyn Gordon, Emily Harris, Larinda Henley, Haley Jarnagin, Jewel Macgregor, Bradley Thacker, Elizabeth Massengill, Alisha Myers, Cynthia Pierce, Nick Swatzell, Heather Whitt and McKenzie Warden.

Other cadets who contributed but were unable to participate in the deliveries were Jonathan Newhouse, Gabrielle McCollough, Jessica Rawlings, Devan Gladson, Zachery Eisenhuth and Gabriel Lyons.

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