Joy to the Children, Inc. is an all-volunteer organization that provides a Christmas Day celebration for Nassau County, Florida, children and their families who need assistance. Because of you, economically disadvantaged children have participated in this celebration since 1995! You have been the heart of this occurrence by your generous donations of time, talent, and monetary commitment.
Thank you so much.
We are excited about 2013 and the many wonderful changes we will be making through out the year!
2013 President’s Letter
As one of the co-founders, I have been actively involved on the Joy To The Children board since its inception in 1995. I look forward to working with our current board, which includes: Vice President Stephanie Mooney, Secretary Joanne Wright, Treasurer Susan Childers, Volunteer Coordinator Dan Morris, Jan McCray, Bill Mooney, Sandy Balzer(not in picture), and Hope Harbin. All of which bring incredible wisdom and creativity to our ever evolving endeavor. We are about to have an incredible year and hope that you will be a part of it!
Wanting to brighten the Christmas holidays for disadvantaged, local children, a handful of folks spawned what is now a growing 501c3, private non-profit with over 200 volunteers (more are always needed!). In its 18th year, like any teenager, Joy has had its awkward growth spurts but the constant is every Christmas Day when true joy shines on the faces of the children, and now every May, when we hand out scholarships to deserving local students.
With no paid staff or overhead, all donations to Joy go directly to giving children, who would otherwise not have Christmas, a Christmas Day to remember. A lavish holiday feast donated by local restaurants is served. There is entertainment and then, the gift giving begins! Each child receives clothing, a backpack, school supplies, toiletries, books, bedding, and, of course, toys. Volunteers coordinate logistics, shop, wrap presents and deck out Yulee High School’s cafeteria prior to the festivities.
We serve only Nassau County children and their families. Last year, 140 children from 46 different families were selected through 17 schools and service organizations. Agency lists are cross-referenced to ensure that Joy benefits as many families as possible.
Joy to the Children also provides scholarships for Nassau County graduating seniors to attend Florida State College at Jacksonville. Each year we award two scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each. This year, due to our donors generosity, we were able to give three!
We select students who not only show promising scholastic ability, but who also demonstrate a drive and determination to overcome challenging life circumstances. If the scholarship winners show satisfactory academic progress, they receive the same amount for their second year.
Can you help us? Your donation makes a direct impact on a local child’s life. Your volunteer assistance will help bring Joy to these young children. We greatly appreciate your time and generous support.