Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Joy in the Making!

GenerationOn, the youth-focused arm of Points of Light (which is the Volunteer Center’s national affiliate partner) has joined with toy-maker Hasbro in asking kids everywhere to “Be a Joy Maker” and join them in giving joy this holiday season. 
Here’s how the Be a Joy Maker initiative works: for every action a kid or teen takes to help someone in need, Hasbro will match it with the gift of toys or games to be distributed to kids in need!   For many kids, these toys will bring a special kind of joy in the knowledge that their community cares. 
Now, this is where Jade He, 12-year old middle school student in Northern New Jersey, comes in!  She is the Volunteer Center of Bergen County’s very own Joy Maker.
Jade is no stranger to volunteering and helping others.  From a young age, she has always found opportunities to help out, whether involved in scouting activities, parish programs or working on projects for the Volunteer Center.  This holiday season, Jade is part of the Volunteer Center’s corps of elves for the All Wrapped Up Holiday Giving Program, which matches donors from the community with families in need.  Because she is doing amazing things to make her mark on the world through volunteer action, the Volunteer Center will receive 100 toys from Hasbro to donate to many of the kids in All Wrapped Up.  
Jade also received a $100 Visa Gift card to be used for supplies and materials to further help her spread the joy this holiday season.  Jade has decided that the gift card will help her purchase supplies needed to run a “Holiday Shop” for the children in our Mentoring Moms program.  These children will be able to bring cheer to their moms by using the supplies provided by our Joy Maker!
Jade He has always been a delight, and now she’s also our Joy Maker!

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