Joy To The Rescue – Project: Kids In Crisis impacts the lives of
children and equips first responders with resources to soothe a child’s fear.
First responders are often called to help kids in crisis leave their homes without toys or clothing. Joy To The Rescue supplies a backpack full of love and comforting gifts during a scary time.
The mission began when Joy In The Cause, Local Police, and an independent education consultant with Usborne Books & More teamed up. These backpacks are distributed to police, fire, life flight, EMSA, Sherriff’s department, centers for children in crisis, and centers to help those involved in trafficking. The list grows daily. The need is ongoing and when the backpacks are delivered we replace them.
Each backpack given to these children in crisis contains a variety of items: Stuffed Mavis Pearl dog and handmade blanket, a ‘What If Monster’ book and plush toy, (helping children who are facing fearful situations), activity books, reading books, colored pencils, Mavis Pearl coloring book, a special T-shirt (donated by Freddy’s), and a Mavis Pearl plush dog. Many of
the backpacks also include toiletries, (hygiene kit) flip-flop shoes, flashlights, dry erase boards, and other requested items.
When we receive requests for special items for a particular group, we meet that need.
We are all about community and coming together to help those in a time of crisis or transition. We are thrilled to see the community jump on board in a huge way! These kids matter to us. We are very passionate about this cause and are excited to get businesses and organizations involved to help in an even greater way. You are making a difference!
Many of you have asked us for a list of items that are in backpacks and diaper bags. For those wanting to hold donation drives for items, or whether it is a monetary donation, this support is appreciated beyond words. We could not do it without you! This is the current list of items in backpacks. If there are special requests, we try and meet those requests as needed. Over 2500 backpacks were delivered this last quarter with 10,000 going out last year. This year will surpass that number.
Please DONATE today and help our local children facing crisis situations.
QuikTrip is one of our leading sponsors of the JTTR Project! We are thankful for this wonderful partnership!
WE ALSO WANT TO THANK THE FOLLOWING FOR THEIR SUPPORT ON THIS PROJECT!
ATOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
TULSA TECHNOLOGY CENTER
YOUNG BUSINESSMEN OF TULSA
TULSA CHRISTIAN BUSINESSMEN
TULSA WOMEN FELLOWSHIP
J DAVID JEWELRY
SOUTH TEXAS OUTREACH FOUNDATION
FINANCE OF AMERICA CARES
BARBER & BARTZ
CHURCH ON THE MOVE
Joy To The Rescue: Overview
Joy To The Rescue: Backpack Assembly
To become a SUPERHERO and help get resources to kids in crisis, please DONATE today!
WE’VE JOINED FORCES TO HELP KIDS IN CRISIS…
Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers has generously donated their special t-shirts that are included in the backpacks. Every time the shirt is worn to a Freddy’s, the child receives a free custard!
Usborne Books & More Books to the Rescue! is a book drive for first responders started by an independent Usborne Books & More consultant in Ohio. This program makes Usborne Books and plush toys available for first responders to gift children in crisis. Books to the Rescue! relies on the support of corporate and personal donations plus Usborne Books & More’s generous matching grant program “Literacy for a Lifetime(LFL).”
“A unique initiative like this comes at a time when police across the country are facing many challenges. On a national scale, Books to the Rescue! enhances community goodwill and strengthens ties between the community and our local law enforcement! On a personal level, Books to the Rescue! impacts the lives of children and equips first responders with resources to soothe a child’s fear.” Briana Lunsford
“It is said that people often meet police officers on the worst day of their life. Unfortunately, this can also be true for children who have been neglected or abused. Even for a child who is physically abused by a parent, being removed from the home can be a very traumatic experience. Most children are removed or abandoned without so much as a change of clothes or a favorite toy to hold at night. As a Tulsa Police Officer I have spent hours with children that are scared and disorientated and could use some kind of comfort.” TPD officer
“This program can provide children with a distraction and even something to cuddle as they face the biggest transition of their life. On many occasions I have wished I had something to give to these children. Now with this program, myself and other Tulsa Police Officers can better serve children in need.” – Amy Jensen, TPD