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Natalie Sorrells

Delivering JOY this Christmas!

By Natalie Sorrells / November 24, 2023 /

Christmas JOY 2023 Every year we get an honor to serve a number of families for Christmas JOY!  Christmas JOY is exactly as it sounds – an opportunity at Christmas to deliver JOY to children who have recently suffered the loss of a parent. This is fulfilled through each child’s Christmas wish list which allows…

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Creating a space for JOY for Jackson and Sydney!

By Natalie Sorrells / November 1, 2023 /

Dear Jackson and Sydney, On behalf of everyone who joined the mission to create a little space for joy amongst your grief let me say “welcome to your new bonus room!” Our prayer is this room brings comfort, peace, retreat, rest and JOY (except for when my Dawgs beat your Vols)! 🙂 And I hope…

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Spotlight on Georgia Marko: Creating JOY Through Dance

By Natalie Sorrells / June 2, 2023 /

Every once in a while, we’re introduced to a child who is both naturally gifted and fully committed to their craft. Today, we’re sharing the inspiring story of Georgia Marko, a 14-year old pre-professional ballerina from Roswell, GA, who lost her dad to glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, a few days before Christmas…

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Spreading JOY at Lassiter High School

By Natalie Sorrells / May 16, 2023 /

When a friend’s dad suddenly passed away in a car accident, Julia Randall wanted to show up and support her. At the time, she remembered feeling unsure of how to help and what to say to her grieving friend. It was this sentiment that inspired the high school junior to start The Joy Mission Club…

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What. A. Year. ??

By Natalie Sorrells / May 3, 2023 /

2022 was truly one for the books at The Joy Mission! We couldn’t be more grateful for the support we’ve had and proud of all that we’ve accomplished this past year. We wanted to take a moment to reflect and share—let’s dive in! Summer JOY Program 2022 Sometimes the most wonderful joy you can give…

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Welcome Joseph (Joey) Goodson to The Joy Mission Board of Directors

By Natalie Sorrells / April 21, 2023 /

Joey carries 21 years of experience in B2B sales with 12 of those years dedicated to the technology space, specifically in the Software as a Service industry. During his time in tech, Joey has been passionate about leading others, fostering a servant leadership mentality where he holds the role of Senior Director of Inside Sales…

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Christmas Joy 2022: Calling All Gift Givers this Holiday Season

By Natalie Sorrells / November 17, 2022 /

We need your help sending JOY from Massachusetts to Georgia, and back again!  We have four special families with a total of 15 children to deliver JOY to this Holiday season.  It will be nothing short of a Christmas miracle to fulfill these lists, but we know we can do it with your help! Co-founder…

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Christmas JOY is back!

By Natalie Sorrells / October 27, 2022 /

It’s that time of year again!!! Last year we fulfilled Christmas lists for 7 kids! We bought balance beams, computer desks and chairs, champion wrestling belts, soccer jerseys, game consoles, Barbie HotWheels and endless art supplies! We showed up together as over fifty Santa Claus’ to help deliver JOY on Christmas morning and we want…

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The First Annual Christmas JOY

By Natalie Sorrells / November 15, 2021 /

Calling all Santa Claus’ to help fulfill Christmas wishlists for kids who have survived the death of a parent this Christmas!

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Save the Date Nov 18th: Wear Blue on Children’s Grief Awareness Day!

By Natalie Sorrells / September 2, 2021 /

Thanksgiving week is more than just another time to celebrate what are grateful for; it’s also a time to remember that children’s grief is real — and while they are incredibly resilient, is not something they can simply “get over.” Children’s Grief Awareness Day (Nov. 18, one week before U.S. Thanksgiving) is held each year in honor…

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