The Virginian-Pilot Joy Fund

THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT JOY FUND - Celebrating 80 years 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 18,000 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.

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How Can You Help The Joy Fund?
Your participation is greatly needed! Please attend, volunteer and support these opportunities for The Joy Fund:

The Virginian-Pilot Gift Subscription The Joy FundThe Virginian-Pilot Gift Subscription
You've trusted The Virginian-Pilot to give you the information you need to stay informed on what's happening in your world. Now's your chance to share that great news source with your friends and family, just in time for the holidays! Give the gift of home delivery on Wednesdays and Sundays, including seven-day digital access, for just $24 for a whole year! As an added bonus, $4 of every gift subscription purchased through this deal will be donated to The Joy Fund.
Olives and Grapes Fusti BarExperience Olives and Grapes Fusti Bar
Visit Experience Olives and Grapes Fusti Bar in the Greenbrier area of Chesapeake to taste and compare over 50 varieties of the finest imported extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars from the fusti tap! While there, pick up your copy of Lorraine Eaton's “Tidewater Table Cookbook” ($28) and Experience Olives and Grapes will donate $5 per book sold to The Joy Fund!
Mermaid FactoryThe Mermaid Factory
Spend time at The Mermaid Factory in the Ghent area of Norfolk to paint your own mini-mermaid to keep for yourself or to give as a gift. The Mermaid Factory will donate a portion of their 4th quarter proceeds to The Joy Fund. Call 757-233-0733 to schedule your painting session NOW before the busy holiday season is upon us!



Buy these items and support The Joy Fund:
Joy Fund Tidewater Table CookbookJoy Fund Hampton Roads Naval AviationJoy 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