My Joyful Heart

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Help from Home

My Joyful Heart depends on a lot of people just like you who help our organization. We often have needs that can be completed at home. Outlined below are ways you can help us help our community and the children of My Joyful Heart.

  Host a drive for us!

Ask your friends, family, colleagues, small groups, etc. to help you collect items for us to give to the children. Examples are: new/gently-used games and puzzles, stuffed animals, sports balls, socks, underwear, toothpaste, shampoo, baby products and clothes, etc. If you'd like a suggestion on what are current needs are, simply This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , ask on Facebook or Twitter or call the office at (815) 806-1700.


  Collecting Items We Use Daily

My Joyful Heart can always use a donation of these everyday items you may find around your home, church or office.

  • Brown paper grocery bags
  • Used/empty ink and toner cartridges
  • Plastic bags from Target
  • Rubberbands
  • Ziploc bags
  • Partially used Gift Cards to stores where children's items or office supplies can be purchased


  Good Search, GoodShop, Good Dining, Good Toolbar

GoodSearch helps My Joyful Heart by donating a portion of each purchase directly to us. We earn a penny per search, up to 20% per purchase and up to 6% per dining check. You also get coupons and specials while you save money -- and it's FREE!


  Ministry Builders Stamps at Family Christian Stores

If so, please join their Family Christian Stores Ministry Builders program for us. My Joyful Heart purchases children's books, Bibles and family-rated movies when they are on clearance.

For every $5 you or your friends spend at Family Christian Stores, you get a Ministry Builders stamp. Each card of 20 stamps can be redeemed by My Joyful Heart for $5 worth of merchandise!

* Please note: you MUST ask for these stamps at the time of purchase and they are not available online.

If you shop online, please go through GoodShop and select My Joyful Heart before you visit their website. Family Christian Stores will then donate 3-3.5% of your purchase to us.

Simply bring in your stamps or mail them to us at:
My Joyful Heart
P.O. Box 502
Lockport, IL 60441


  Box Tops for Education

Box Tops for Education has helped America’s schools earn over $400 million since 1996. You can earn cash for one of the schools we service by clipping Box Tops coupons from hundreds of participating products. Simply bring in your box tops or mail them to My Joyful Heart instead of to the school and we will distribute them to the schools who support our program.
My Joyful Heart
P.O. Box 502
Lockport, IL 60441


  Become a Prayer Warrior

A prayer warrior is someone who will pray for My Joyful Heart and the children enrolled in our program. It's obvious our prayers have been answered in the past ten years -- we've been able to enroll 500 children in our program, we found a permanent home with M. Cooper Supply and we have encouraged many people to share their hearts with the children of My Joyful Heart. We hope to continue to add more children and are committed to working toward sharing the love of Christ with Chicagoland's children in need. We thank you all for keeping these children and My Joyful Heart in your prayers!