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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: As a faith-based organization, My Joyful Heart endeavors to be a positive influence to children in need by remembering them with basic life essentials, school supplies, clothing, toys and encouragement throughout each year until their situation improves or they move from the area. My Joyful Heart provides the little things that may often be missing in the life of a child in need. By providing these gifts regularly throughout the year we extend love and hope to these children, making them feel special and letting them know that people do care.

Results: In the 11 years we have been around, we have grown from supporting one child at Christmas to providing year-round assistance to over 550+ children in the Chicago area. In 2013, we hope to increase the number of children served to over 600. We can do this with your help! Please help us Bring Hope.

Target demographics: Children in need from the ages of infant to 13 years old.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 550+

Geographic areas served: Chicago area

Programs: In 2014, mjh provided 7 rounds of benefits to its 750 registered children.

in 2014, mjh provided 7 rounds of benefits to its 750 registered children.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Margaret63

Donor

Rating: 5

My Joyful Heart is a great organization that works to provide children with basic necessities that we take for granted. Imaging having a birthday with no gift, christmas with nothing to celebrate and trying to succeed in school with no supplies. I as a mother cannot imagine that and my heart breaks for these children. I have volunteered for the past few years and see the hard work and dedication of this organization. Sadly each year the needs grow for children who have less. If you can donate to this cause I promise your donation is FOR THE CHILDREN. For those who have and continue to donate May God Bless You Abundantly

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Donor

Rating: 5

I contacted Diane Carroll several years ago after reading an article in the paper about how she sponsored a couple of kids at Christmas time through the Sun Times. She followed up on the gifts she gave at Christmas and decided to give these kids more gifts throughout the year to let them know they were remembered. This led to 19 kids and in 2013, she'll probably have 600 kids through My Joyful Heart, the organization she founded 10 years ago. As a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago O'Hare, we are able to sponsor a couple of kids plus we have donated back to school supplies, blankets donated by American Airlines and amenity kits donated by United Airlines. This year we were able to donate over $1000 in selling Dunkin Donuts coffee for one of their fund-raisers. I've made several trips to their Mokena Warehouse and am impressed with Diane's organizational skills. MJH gives gifts several times a year which gives hope and love to all their kids. Our Rotary Club and myself look forward to helping in the future.