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Our Nonprofit organization, Joey's Gifts, was established to honor the life and legacy of our beloved Joey, who tragically drowned in a pond while fishing at the age of 9. Our primary goals are to empower children through sports with our scholarship program and to secure funding for animal rescues and safety initiatives through generous donations and sponsorships. 
We are deeply passionate about our initiatives and programs. You can help create a better future for those most vulnerable in our community. We ask for your support by contributing your time, resources, or finances. Join us in making a difference today and be a part of something truly significant.

 

Please note: Joey's Gifts was founded on June 23, 2023, and incorporated according to the requirements of Pennsylvania's Nonprofit Corporation Law of 1988 on August 4, 2023.

Welcome To Joey's Gifts

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Picture of Joey at age 3

about us

Our grandson Joey tragically drowned in a pond while fishing. He was only nine. He loved fishing and was a good swimmer.

Our lives stood still on June 19, 2023, and drastically changed forever. We loved our grandson Joey. He was a wonderful, funny, gregarious, carefree boy who treasured life. Joey made friends everywhere he went. He was a good friend. Adults even got to know him because he had mastered his communication skills well beyond his tender age. Joey had an extraordinary personality and was loving and caring. One of his favorite pastimes was playing at the playground. If his little brother or another youngster needed help, he was always happy to oblige. He was so gentle with little ones.

We used to talk about everything, and he loved telling us all he knew about dinosaurs. He was brilliant and had a knack for telling stories. He would make us laugh until our belly hurt. I suppose he learned his story-telling antics from his Pop - they were close that way! They had an extraordinarily close bond with one another indeed.

Our loss is heartbreaking and unbearable because of who Joey was and how he loved life. His spirit was enormous in life. We want his spirit to soar in death. We want his star to shine brightest evermore. Our niece gifted us an actual star. We named it "Joey's Star." We cried a lot. It is the most precious gift ever!

My husband and I founded this nonprofit, Joey's Gifts, so Joey's death would not be in vain. We don't want other parents and grandparents to experience this or a similar horrifying life-changing event. Believe us, life will never be the same. If we can, we'd rather spare anyone this excruciating heartbreak. Joey's tragic accident demonstrates that anything can happen to your children in a fraction of a second. We have founded a safety system program to help young minds think about safety first. 

Thank you for stopping by. Read on to discover more about Joey and the excellent programs we founded for children and animals in Joey's name.

Joey's Gifts Makes Anything Possible 

With "Joey's Programs" Below

Joey's Scholarship Program

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It is well known that children's participation in sports enhances youth development and teaches essential life skills. Joey's Gifts firmly believes that children should have a chance to pursue their dream of playing sports, regardless of their financial situation.

Joey, our nine-year-old grandson, was an exceptionally talented athlete. He cherished sports, especially soccer. Joey wrote an essay for a school assignment about soccer. He stated that anyone and everyone should play soccer. Joey explained that he learned new things about himself and that playing soccer had helped him in many ways. He learned valuable lessons and essential life skills, including teamwork, leadership, respect, and good sportsmanship. 

We watched Joey play throughout the soccer season. We were amazed at how much he had blossomed while playing for an organized sports team. The growth was immeasurable. Joey's confidence and self-esteem developed significantly. Joey felt worthy. He felt like he was doing something important. He was. He was being a kid, having fun, learning new skills, staying active, and loving every minute. He was happy, and so were we. He found himself through soccer. Then, five days after his last game, he tragically passed away. The world as we knew it had ended.

Joey was accurate in his essay. Using his words, "Anyone and everyone should play soccer (sports)," we are accommodating his wishes and honoring his legacy. Joey's Gifts Sponsorship Program was born. We are committed to making sports accessible to all children. Children who cannot afford to play sports can receive financial assistance through Joey's Gifts scholarship program. 

Joey's Safety System Program

"Keeping Our Kids Safe"

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A child's safety vest for water

Children are naturally curious and adventurous, which makes them vulnerable to safety risks. To protect our little explorers, we're developing a comprehensive safety program to empower children to make less precarious decisions and keep themselves and others safe. With our safety program, we can instill lifelong safety habits in children and ensure their well-being. Safety should always be the top priority, so let's work together to make our communities safer.

 

Stay tuned for updates on the progress of our finalized safety system program. 

Joey's Animal Rescue Program
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At Joey's Gifts, we are passionate about promoting animal welfare. Joey had an unbridled love for animals, and we're committed to keeping his legacy alive by supporting Animal Rescue Organizations. These organizations play a crucial role in caring for stray and abandoned animals. The volunteers work tirelessly to provide animals with medical treatment, nutritious meals, foster volunteers, and permanent loving homes. However, to continue their critical work, they need the generous contributions of donors to continue their mission, and we're proud to support their cause. Recently, we made a significant contribution to Wags Rescue. This organization provides exceptional care to our furry friends and demonstrates an unwavering commitment to finding all animals a loving home. But our work is far from over, and we need your help to make a real difference. By donating today, you can help us support these organizations that have a crucial role in promoting animal welfare. Alternatively, you can volunteer at a rescue or foster an animal. Every little bit counts. Together, we can create a significant impact on the lives of these precious creatures. Join us in this noble cause. Donate today, and let's make a difference in the lives of the animals that need our help the most.

“Grief is love with no place to go” ― Karen Gibbs

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