How many items should be put in a Jared Box?

There are not a set number of items. We usually suggest that you just "fill the boxes to the top." See our suggested toy list.

May I take my Jared Box to a hospital that is not listed in your directory?

Yes. The Hospital Directory lists those hospitals that have received Jared Boxes. As the project grows, we hope to continue to add new hospitals. If you choose a hospital not already listed, please send an email to with the name of that hospital so we can add it to our directory.

What are some examples of items that are put into the Jared Boxes for babies?

A new stuffed animal, bibs, rattles, soft-cover books, teething rings, pacifiers, and socks.

What age group of boxes is most needed?

All Jared Boxes are very much appreciated. However, boxes for infants (0-2 years) and older teens (11-18 years) always seem to be needed.

Does my group have to use the labels from the website?

If you are not able to print standard labels, you can print the labels on regular paper, cut them out and tape them to your box. In addition, you could use blank mailing labels and write the age group on each label.

Where do I get the plastic storage boxes?

The plastic storage boxes are sold at most department stores such as Walmart, Target, Dollar Stores, etc. The boxes are inexpensive and are most often found in housewares departments.

Can I ask businesses for donations?

Yes, you can ask businesses if they would like to donate supplies for your group's Jared Box Project using our "Request for Donation" letter. Many businesses are very supportive of this project. A small donation of toys goes a long way in making Jared Boxes.

Do you accept donations directly from businesses?

Yes. The Jared Box Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations made by businesses are tax deductible. If you need a copy of our tax letter to confirm our 501(c)(3) status, send email to

Is there anything that should not be put in Jared Boxes?

Due to allergies and infection control guidelines, food could be harmful to sick children and is not permitted in Jared Boxes. Hospitals have also requested that hair products and previously used items not be put in Jared Boxes.

Where do I buy the toys for the boxes?

Supplies for your boxes may be purchased in just about any store. Many groups have found that Dollar stores are great places to find inexpensive, fun toys!

Should we decorate the outside of the Jared Boxes?

Yes, decorating the boxes makes them even more fun! Stickers are great for this.