They called themselves “orphans” only because these adults were spending Christmas away from their families. But the Amelia Island “orphans” put their loneliness to good use by helping children who might not experience the joy of Christmas absorb that wonderful feeling. Sixteen years ago a group of adult friends gathered for Christmas and formulated a plan to share the joy of the holiday season with the underprivileged children of Nassau County and Joy to the Children began!
The endeavor started with 36 children and over the years has served close to 2500 children and their families. On Christmas morning 2009, 165 happy children and their families had a sumptuous feast and the children received toys, bedding, clothing, hygiene items, books, school supplies, and various other gifts. None of this would have been possible without the generous support of our community including businesses and individuals like you. Monetary donations, new toy donations, and the gift of time and effort of the volunteers make this event possible year after year.
Joy’s families are selected through various organizations such as Micah’s Place, the elementary schools of Nassau County and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Lists of different agencies are cross referenced to ensure that assistance is going to benefit as many families as possible.
Joy is a completely volunteer organization and no one is paid for the time spent throughout the year and on Christmas Day. The day is for all of us to share the spirit of the holiday and to experience the joy of giving.
If you can give of your time or money, please contact us.