“The GSO Fall bake sale provides funds for various GSO activities including the annual GSO scholarships and for community services like the Jared Box Project, where toys are donated to children at the local Children’s hospital. The GSO members enjoy this particular type of fundraiser because it provides the funds needed for our activities in the community and gives us a chance to bake! This year we baked rice krispy treats, puppy chow, almond butter bars, no bakes, peanut butter cookies, cupcakes, blueberry muffins, thumbprint cookies, apple carrot muffins, caramel heath cheesecake, double chocolate brownies and more!” noted Molly Butts, GSO President.
Prior to the holidays, the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) solicited donations of toys, games, and other kid-related items from the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) family. This yearly event, “The Jared Box Project” is a nation-wide mission to improve the lives of hospitalized children by providing opportunities to play. Once the offerings were collected, the GSO wrapped and delivered the gifts to children, from newborn to 18 years old, at Cabell-Huntington Hospital.
This year’s delivery team included Rachel Murphy, PhD Candidate and GSO President; Rabia Ahmed (Taha’s sister); Taha Ahmed, PhD Candidate; Debbie Amos, PhD student and GSO Vice President; and Kristeena Wright, PhD Candidate.
It is hard to say who had a better time, those getting the gifts or those who were able to share them!
Ms. Murphy extended a “big THANK YOU” to everyone who donated toys or cash to this great project.”
by Saeed Keshavarzian, email@example.com
As the holiday season approaches, we are reminded to think about others outside of our busy lives. This year, the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Graduate Student Organization (GSO) would like to share with you Jared’s story. He was a special five-year-old boy who, in 1999, was diagnosed with an incurable brainstem tumor; he unfortunately lost his battle with cancer in November 2000. In his short time on Earth, Jared went from doctor appointment to doctor appointment and always carried a backpack filled with his favorite toys and games. Those toys and games brought Jared such joy that, for a brief moment, he was not thinking about his illness, but was just being a child captivated in play.
This is the second year the BMS GSO has participated in the Jared Box Project, an endeavor to share the same joy and relief that toys brought to Jared with other children suffering similar childhood illnesses. Allison Wolf, GSO President and a BMS Ph.D. candidate, along with other BMS students organized the toy drive and a bake sale to contribute to filling Jared boxes.
GSO Vice President, Johannes Fahrmann, who helped organize the Jared Box Project for the second time said that “being a part of this project is a great feeling and instills a sense of unity amongst the organization and the community. It also highlights the warmth that people have in their hearts and highlights one of the main goals, in my opinion, of the GSO which is to give back to those less fortunate.”
For more information on the Jared Box Project, please visit this website: http://www.thejaredbox.com/.