BENEFITING: MY JOYFUL HEART NFP
My Joyful Heart is an organization that supports over 650 needy children in the Chicagoland area by providing them with gift bags six times per year. The gift bags include such items as toiletries, clothing, school supplies, toys, books, and, once per year, a birthday gift. Diane Carroll, the founder of MJH, wants the kids in the program to know that they are remembered throughout the year. We volunteer at the MJH warehouse twice per week. Improving these children’s lives has become an important part of our lives. That’s where our story begins.
In our family, we have a birthday tradition called “Candy in Your Underwear Drawer.” Weird, we know… let us explain. We receive a treat (nice candy, what we refer to as “movie theater” candy) in our underwear drawers the day before, day of, and day after our birthdays to signify that we are loved and cherished before, on, and after our birthdays. Why our underwear drawers? Simple. Initially, this candy tradition was a surprise, so our parents figured that the underwear drawer was the one drawer we’d open each day. While the candy is no longer a surprise to us, it is still a much anticipated gift. We look forward to opening our underwear drawers on our birthdays!
Our family tradition sparked the idea for this fundraiser. We want to give three good (not bite-sized) pieces of candy and a message of support to the children enrolled in MJH. We want them to know that they are thought of before, on, and after their birthdays. For just $5, we can give three children “candy in their underwear drawer.” We are hoping to raise $1,000 to include all the MJH kids in our tradition. Of course, we’d love to raise more than that. Our secret wish is to buy all these kids underwear, a much needed item for them. Until now, we really didn’t think about how much underwear costs, but we now know it is rather expensive. Therefore, our secondary goal is to raise an additional $7,000 to give kids underwear with the candy. We never thought we’d want to buy 650 kids underwear, but we really do. If we exceed that goal, we’ll buy them the drawer – just kidding. We have other ideas for future fundraisers..
We once read in a writing handbook that you aren’t supposed to thank someone before they do something for you, but we do want to thank you for reading our story and considering a $10 donation (sorry, that is CrowdRise's minimum) that would provide candy (and hopefully underwear) in drawers.
Ian, Henry, and Grace