Mattapoisett pediatric charity spreads cheer with signs

Jul 3, 2020

MATTAPOISETT — To spread some love and happiness in stressful and unusual time, the Friends of Jack, a pediatric charity, is stealthily putting up playful lawn signs to surprise Tri-Town residents. 

Jilline Fearons started the foundation in 2016 to help support children who need to have medical procedures done after her own son Jack underwent numerous procedures because of a rare condition. Since then, it has grown to support pediatrics departments in numerous hospitals and to include various programs that enrich childrens’ health and wellbeing. 

Fearons’ latest movement is called HiJacking, as the signs feature the foundation’s logo (a boy in a cape referring to one of their programs which distributes capes to make children heading into surgeries feel like heroes), and colorful signs that also say “hi!” 

The only requirement is that the recipients of the signs either pass them on themselves or contact the Friends of Jack Foundation with an address to have them move the signs. 

Families and organizations that are surprised with the signs are also asked to post to social media with the hashtags #HiJacked and #FriendsofJackFoundation. 

Some families have been HiJacked for special occasions, including graduation and and birthdays. Organizations like the Marion Fire Department and Sippican School have also been recipients of the signs. 

See the full gallery below of some of the people and places that have been HiJacked.