Boston group packs ‘joy boxes’ for local hospitals – Boston News, Weather, Sports


BOSTON (WHDH) – Members of the community and some local celebrities have come together in a friendly competition to benefit local hospitals.

The Spread Joy Foundation has partnered with a local startup, Do Wicked Good, to organize the Spread Wicked Joy event. More than 40 volunteers divided into teams had the goal of packing as many “joy boxes” as possible in five hours to give them to children in Boston hospitals. Each team raised funds on social media.

“We never want to see children in the hospital,” said Holly Daniels Christensen, volunteer, CEO and founder of Dune Jewelry. “You’d rather take that pain away from them, so anything we can do to keep them happy and joyful and feeling like kids is huge.”

“The energy level in this room is just through the roof,” another volunteer said of the event.

Each box contains crayons, coloring books, games, arts and crafts, books and more. Children in long-term care at Boston hospitals will receive the boxes.

“It took about three months of preparation and a lot of hard work,” said Do Wicked Good founder Josh Vernon. “And today is all about having fun and collecting 1,500 boxes that will go directly to pediatric patients at Boston hospitals.”

In total, volunteers packed 1,504 boxes of joy, the biggest packing party to date. A local radio host said it was about working together to make a difference.

“It’s a great day outside, but it’s even better here because everyone is working together to make the lives of pediatric patients a little bit better,” said WEEI morning show host Greg Hill.

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