The Virginian-Pilot Joy Fund

THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT JOY FUND - Celebrating decades of delivering joy with toys

The Virginian-Pilot Joy Fund

A new toy is such a small thing, unless you've never had one. Last year The Joy Fund bought toys for over 10,000 children.

The Virginian-Pilot Joy Fund is a non-profit organization that raises monetary donations from the community to purchase new toys for local children who may not receive a single toy during the holiday season.

In partnership with The Salvation Army, local families in need are identified and invited to personally select toys for their children so that no child in the Hampton Roads area goes without a gift.

All administrative expenses are paid for by The Virginian-Pilot -- every penny donated to The Joy Fund purchases toys for the children.

The Joy Fund Is Born

Kathryn and Thomas HanesFollowing an encounter with a new mother and her hungry children in Ocean View, Thomas Hanes, The Ledger-Star managing editor, and his wife Kathryn felt compelled to carry food to the woman and her family. Word spread of the mother in distress and of other families trying to cope during The Great Depression.

People in the community began donating food, toys, clothing and cash. All day Christmas Eve, volunteers loaded their cars and delivered baskets into the wee hours of Christmas Day. The newspaper covered all the expenses so that every penny benefited the families, as it still does today. And thus, The Joy Fund was born.

Donations are accepted year round and are tax deductible.

Donate online at or call (757) 446-9000.

or MAIL donations to:

The Joy Fund
PO Box 2136
Norfolk, VA 23510

or DROP OFF at The Virginian-Pilot offices:

  • 150 W. Brambleton Ave., Norfolk

  • 157 N. Main St., Suite B, Suffolk

  • 5429 Greenwich Rd., Virginia Beach

Make checks payable to The Joy Fund.

Joy Fund Facebook

Joy Fund Events

How Can You Help The Joy Fund?
Your participation is greatly needed! Please attend, volunteer and support these opportunities for The Joy Fund:
Please check back for new upcoming events that support The Virginian-Pilot's Joy Fund.
If you would like to help today, you can also donate directly to The Joy Fund.

Mermaid Factory

The Mermaid Factory invites you to paint a mini-mermaid or dolphin to keep for yourself or to give as a gift. During the holiday season The Mermaid Factory will donate a portion of their sales to The Joy Fund. Call 757-233-0733 (Norfolk) or 757-963-7700 (Virginia Beach) to schedule your painting session NOW before the busy holiday season is upon us! More info:



Buy these items and support The Joy Fund:
Joy Fund Century of Great PhotographyThe Joy Fund Rick Romano Lighthouse PosterJoy Fund There Goes a Mermaid BookJoy Fund Mermaid Poster

The Virginian-Pilot Offices:
150 W. Brambleton, Norfolk - or - 157 N. Main St., Suite B, Suffolk - or - 5429 Greenwich Rd., Virginia Beach