|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. Celebrating 80 years of service to the community, The Joy Fund was founded by Thomas Hanes, The Ledger-Star managing editor, and his wife Kathryn in 1934. Following an encounter with a new mother and her hungry children in Ocean View, they helped the woman and her family with food. Word spread of the need for help during the Great Depressions and people in the community began donating food, toys, clothing and cash. Volunteers delivered the goods on Christmas Eve and thus The Joy Fund was born.|
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.