Many businesses and organizations donate time and money to aid in the success of the event. “The support of Island Country Club has been indispensable. They donate financially, about $30,000.00 this year (as in year’s past), let alone 400 turkeys! Their members give of their time as well. Residents at Hideaway Beach give from their hearts too, approximately $12,000 to the children this year. Educators help out, the Rotary Club, Sports Camp, some local boy scouts, Upon a Star and more.” Nicki goes onto acknowledges the help of others who hold events during the year such as the Ride for Joy put together by Ernie Borden, Queen for a Day by Liz Havens at Skin Renewal Systems and many others who offer items to auction off or participate in some way. “It’s wonderful to see so many people help to make Christmas special for the little childreneach year!” said Nicki.
Nicki says this about starting the charity: “It started at a time in my life when I was at the point of throwing in my dream of living in America and returning to what was home, England, when I left in 1983. It started two years before I got divorced (before my life with Doug). The Charity started at a time when I did not want to have Christmas, so I decided to spend Christmas by giving it instead. Life is a funny thing, even the worst times are just a journey to grow. My journey led me to Doug and by 1995 we were married. Doug is the start of where The Joy of Giving grew big. He gave me the guidance and self confidence to do it. Without him it would just be a few families I shopped for each year. Behind every good woman is a great man.”