Because every child deserves to experience joy.
How Joy Spreads Joy
#YearOfJoy is Joy Sewing's personal journey to live a more joyful life. (Click here to read her blog and click here for the Facebook page.) She also made a commitment to herself to do the things she's always wanted to do but could never find time, money or was blocked by fear.
For years, the former competitive ice skater and coach had wanted to organize a skating event or program to expose children from economically disadvantage areas to the sport. Her dream became reality shortly after starting her #YearOfJoy, and, within 24 hours, she secured the ICE at Discovery Green, H-E-B grocery company as the title sponsor and quickly rounded up children, transportation and other in-kind support. It a magical.
This was the start of the #YearOfJoy Project.
Joy believes every child deserves to experience fun and joy. In the last year, she has brought joy to more than 300 area children ages 5 through 14 with joyful events. Take a look at the events below.
Sponsors have included H-E-B, Discovery Green, ICE Powered by Green Mountain Energy, Corporate Services International, Houston Chronicle, the Al Rucker Show, 3B Resources Group, Amazing 102.5 FM, Dr. Charly Anderson, iPic at River Oaks District, Bowlmor, Yellow Cab Houston, 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, Raina Mankarious, The Clifford Group, Vascola Stoney, Writers-In-Schools, Chloe Dao, Anime Matsuri.
If you would like to help spread joy to more Houston-area children through a financial or in-kind donation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wonder Woman Bowling Party
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.
'Hidden Figures' Movie Night
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
Some 40 children, ages 5-14, from the Sunnyside community and nearby areas were treated to a special 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. Such a special treat for many of the children who had never visited downtown Houston, let alone been on ice skates.