What is Christmas JOY you ask?
Besides the obvious JOY of giving, loving and being together with family and friends (near and far) it’s an annual event that we here at Spreading Joy have every year.
We couldn’t do it without your help and the help of so many amazing people that are just oozing compassion and love!
With your help of spreading the word about our annual Christmas Joy Event, financial donations and volunteering, we are able to host a Christmas party for many families that need some help with gifts for their children.
We take the year and round up toys (thank you for your monthly donation!) and keep an eye out for amazing deals that will benefit the families we work with.
With your help we pull together food, drinks, desserts, snacks and some fun smaller toys for the kids to enjoy during the evening!
The candy store you help us to provide is the favorite of most everyone! This year we had 31 different candies for the children to drop in their bag. They were able to get several pieces of each one.
Keep in mind; it’s not about changing the world with your millions of dollars and endless resources. It’s about making a difference with the resources you have right here…right now. What will you do with what you have?
Thank you for helping us to change lives, we couldn’t accomplish a single thing without your help.
Onward to the party!
Before the kids arrived, we put stuffed animals out in the chairs so that the children could go ahead and have them too. (Thanks mom for that amazing idea! I love that we are spreading joy together!)
The food was provided by Olive Garden and a sweet family provided all the hot dogs that the children and the volunteers enjoyed.
The kids were given a super cute reusable bag with a brand new Bible, Art kit and then as the evening progressed, filled it with stickers, crafts, candy from the candy store and then the little items we had for them to choose from. (as pictured below) They hear the Christmas Story and have fun with their crafts and getting candy!
While the children are having fun, we take the mom’s to a separate place where I share something encouraging with them and then they shop for their children.
With your help we were able to let each mom choose 5 gifts to take and wrap for Christmas Morning. That’s pretty awesome! You guys are amazing!
After the cards were made, the candy was placed in their bags, we brought the kids over and let them get a toy to take home and enjoy now. They were all asking about then when they got there. Made my heart smile! A simple yet enormous gesture that is only made possible by the generosity of you and so many who make this event possible.
This party is to allow these families to step out of the hustle and bustle of life and have fun for a few hours. Everyone needs to do that don’t you think?
We usually have a tiny gift for the moms, sometimes we don’t have anything for them but they never complain because they love having toys for the kids. This year we gave them all a couple of nice necklace and earrings sets from The Joyful Jewel Junkie A N D we were surprised with a generous donation from Verizon. 21 Families received a brand new smart phone! Talk about being giddy with excitement! I was so thrilled and they were too!
They were so excited to get them! So many of them said it was a wonderful upgrade from their current phone and were beyond grateful for this generous gift!
Isn’t it amazing all that we accomplished because we all pulled our individual resources together! We all cared, gave, spread the word and asked for help. I cannot begin to list everyone that helped but I wanted to highlight a few people. If I forget anyone, it isn’t on purpose, it’s because I’m old and forgetful!
Verizon Wireless – thank you for the amazing gift to these families. I already love you and love your Hopeline program!
Clark Nexsen – thank you for collecting toys for us! You are always so generous to help out!
Iron Mountain (Charlotte Facility) – thank you for collecting toys for us and bringing them to us! Your generosity amazes me!
Gastonia Dodge – thank you for collecting toys for us! Without your focus on older children we would have certainly ran out of items
Olive Garden Gastonia – thank you for the spaghetti, salad and bread sticks! Thank you for allowing us to put angels on your tree! The gifts you collected were incredible! This is such a special treat for these families!
New Grace Baptist Church – for the use of your facilities, volunteers and love of Spreading Joy
Beth Haven Baptist Church – for Collecting toys, volunteers and your love of Spreading Joy
I want to extend a huge thank you to all of the individuals that gave a financial donation to enable us to purchase toys, candy and little treats for the kids. You’ll be getting cards from the children and some photos!
Thank you to everyone who worked to collect toys! Those who asked for help and shared all of the Social Media Posts!
Thank you to everyone who came and volunteered your time! So many hours are invested in this event and there is absolutely no way I could ever pull of something of this size by myself. YOU are Spreading Joy Heroes and I’m so honored to make a difference for others with you.
Thank you to Angie Blevins, who constantly works behind the scenes throughout the entire year to write and ask for donations. I am so thankful for your help, love and compassion for others. You are a gift to Spreading Joy and I’m thankful for you!
Remember, working together with our individual resources made this happen! You are important to so many! You may never know just how much you impacted the hearts of these families but know that you have made a huge difference!
Keep looking for ways to make a difference!
Keep Spreading Joy and being kind!
Thank you for Spreading Christmas Joy with us! Thank you for changing lives with us! Thank you for acting on the compassion that lives within your heart! Thank you!
Want to see more photos and cards? Yes, you really should! Please visit the following places and see the impact that your heart for others really has!
I hope you’ll like our pages and follow along with us in 2017 because we will show you the things we are doing each to spread joy and make a difference!
*I’m honored to be a brand ambassador for Verizon Wireless. Any and all opinions about their services, products and such are completely my own. I occasionally receive items to review in exchange for my honest opinion. I’m so thankful for their Hope Line Phone program for Women in need.