Find JOY, Share JOY, and Spread JOY this Christmas

Think about your favorite present a parent gave you during the Christmas season as a child. Was it a new bike? Maybe a Teddy Ruxpin doll or the Barbie Dreamhouse. Perhaps it was a pogo stick or something else that pops into your mind. No matter what it is, we all have memories closely tied to the gifts we receive.

This Christmas season, we know there are going to be children in our JOY family who won’t have a parent to purchase and give those special gifts. While we know absolutely no material gift can replace the loss of a parent for these JOY Kids or the surviving parent, we do know they can:

  • Be a tangible source of joy and smiles
  • Remove financial burdens during a hard season
  • Alleviate the stress on the surviving parent/caretaker 

Inspired by the Christmas JOY we are going to create as a community for the Anderson family, we want to take Maya Angelou’s quote literally as we can “Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”

Would you consider nominating any families who lost a parent this year that may be interested in participating in this program? 

How It Works

  • Nominate a family by Sept. 30
  • If chosen, volunteers will gather the child(ren)’s Amazon wish lists
  • We’ll promote and enable our community to purchase additional items on the lists*

 *Participants will also be able to make donations that will help us buy more presents on the list as well.

All nominations must be in by Sept 30.

If you know a grieving family in need, please send an introduction email to

If you are interested in being a Christmas JOY coordinator please let us know here.

Natalie Sorrells

Natalie Sorrells

Natalie is the Founder of the Joy Mission living in Atlanta.