Year Of Joy
Because the world needs more joy.
Year Of Joy is my personal journey to live a more joyful life. It is also a way for me to bring joy to others, especially children. Since December 2016, more than 300 area children, mostly girls, ages 5 through 12 have experienced joyful events through the Year of Joy Project, which exposes children in undeserved communities to new cultural experiences.
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Year of Joy Project in the Media
Discovery Green ice rink filled with deserving children
December 12, 2016
HOUSTON - On Monday afternoon about three dozen kids descended on Discovery Green’s ice rink.
Most of them had never put on a pair of ice skates.
“About a week ago I woke up and I decided I wanted to do something fun for the community,” said Joy Sewing.
Sewing is the woman behind this Day of Joy for underprivileged kids. With the help of HEB, Discovery Green, Dr. Charly Anderson, Mizz Goodie 2 Shoez and Corporate Services International, she was able to provide a free session of ice skating plus toys and dinner.
It's one small part of a larger effort: Year of Joy. Click here to read more and see video.
IMAGES FROM YEAR OF JOY PROJECTS
YEAR OF JOY PROJECTS
Some 30 girls from HYPE Freedom Schools and other area schools thought they were just going out for an afternoon of bowling. When they arrived at Bowlmor, they were given red capes, then they walked the red carpet into a private party area. There were all kinds of tasty Wonder Woman-themed food and treats, a face-painting bar, a photo booth, inspiring spoken-word poets and much more. It was a day of girl power.
'A Wrinkle in Time' movie screening and brunch with actress Storm Reid
Movie Night at iPic
To celebrate the inspiring "Hidden Figures" movie about three African-American women who were trailblazers at NASA, we invited 60 area girls for a special movie night at the luxury iPic theater at River Oaks District. They were treated to popcorn, drinks and the movie. Guest speaker was Noreen Khan-Mayberry, the world's first space toxicologist.
Ice Skating Party
at Discovery Green
Nearly 200 children, ages 5-14, have experienced the joys of an afternoon on the ice for the #YearOfJoy Holiday Ice Skating Party at the ICE powered by Green Mountain Energy at Discovery Green downtown and sponsored by H-E-B. The event has been held in December 2016 and 2017. Such a special treat for many of the children who had never visited downtown Houston, let alone been on ice skates.
YEAR OF JOY SPONSORS
The Year Of Joy Project is a reality because of the support of dedicated volunteers and other sponsors , including: the Al Rucker Show, 3B Resources Group, Dr. Charly Anderson, Paper Floral Artistry. Just Say Cheese Photobooth, Simple Creations Media, Raw Party Face Painting, Magic Twist Balloon Artistry, What's the Occasion Linen & Decor Rental, Lexis Florist, Three Brothers Bakery, Kim Kreationz, Table Talk Treats, Bobbies Wear, A Swoon Event, Kuztom Kreationz, Mandy Kao Foundation, Rania Mankarious, The Clifford Group, Vascola Stoney, Chloe Dao, NAACP Missouri City, Dr. Yasmine Haddad and Dr. Kathy Flanagan.