Saturday, November 28, 2020

32nd Annual Joy of Giving

Special to Coastal Breeze

Photos by Coastal Breeze News Staff | Carefully planned changes this year will prevent crowding.


 

Still providing the smiles!

Can you imagine being a young child wondering at Christmas why Santa didn’t come, and especially this year, asking is Santa safe? Will he still make it? COVID-19 has changed our lives, affected everyone, everywhere across the globe. However, there is comfort in routine and YES, the Joy of Giving will be taking place this year! 

“As always, the parent is the one who gets to shop for their child on the morning of Joy of Giving and this year’s event will be no exception,” said JOG Founder Nicki Davis. “There are changes to the event for 2020, and the brightest change is Allyson Richards, who has become a big part of the JOG organization. She is amazing, the best person anyone could have working with me for a good cause.” 

This is the 32nd year for the Joy of Giving, and in Collier County, they will reach 900 children. The Joy of Giving has grown from a handful of families in need to helping thousands upon thousands of children over the years to have a Merry Christmas! Every cent donated to the JOG goes directly to the children and the amount of heartfelt thanks from people going through some really hard times, humbles all of us very fast.

 For a while, there was concern over the pandemic and people asking if the event will be safe for everyone? Yes, was the answer from Allyson and Nicki; since March, they haven’t once changed their minds. With the help of teachers, coaches, counselors, local donors and special volunteers, some with JOG for 30 years, their generosity and giving from their hearts will help our children say, “Santa came to my house too.” 

Another amazing person who helps make this event a success every year is Bob Galloway, the Walmart Store Manager. When asked about the Joy of Giving he replied, “It has been a very trying year with COVID-19, the civil unrest, and all the anxiety that comes with the challenges we have all experienced this year. It is also a wonderful feeling to know that JOG—Joy of Giving—has still come up with a way to give joy to the kids in our community. My associates and I are proud and honored to be able to share the joy that makes it to the kids in our communities surrounding this great place we get to work called Walmart #3417 on the way to Marco Island.” 

As a reminder, if donating was on your radar this year, go to www.JogChildren.org for more information.

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