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I Feel Like That Dude from "The Blindside"

Dear My Joyful Heart,

Thank you so much for thinking about me on Valentine's Day. I can do more than play ball! I can do all things through Christ! So many things are looking up for me now and I thank you and my family becuase I know you all have been there for me and even praying for me.

I am still focusing on my music and still want to go to college. I made this a little harder because of unwise decisions, but I am still able to do what God would have me do. I have learned a lot from my experience. I am still a young man, but I am not a follower. I am goal-oriented and strong minded.

I am looking forward to working and completing school and just enjoying my family. Thanks for all of the personal hygiene items, 'cause you know I got to stay "fresh." My swag so serious! Swag is a slang word for style. See, I just put you on. That means I taught you something new. Keep fellowshipping with me -- we are going to learn a lot from each other.

I feel like that dude from "The Blindside" I'm like Michael Orr and you are Sandra Bullock. I thank God for sending this program to my family and all the other students at [my school] who needed help. 

God Bless You All!

~ Michael*

An update from Michael in 2012:

We are happy to say that Michael graduated from high school and is now enrolled in college! He has a job and his own apartment. Michael, it is because of people like you that inspire us all at My Joyful Heart to keep doing what we are doing. We hold all of the children in our own joyful hearts everyday.

I Love My New Pillow

Thank you for the pillow. I know you spent a lot of time and money working on our gifts, from shopping to packing them.

Thanks again for the pillow. It felt like a fifty dollar pillow. It was so soft and fluffy. I didn't even want to get up for school the next morning!!!

I know you give gifts to hundreds of schools and spend lots and lots of money. So once again, thank you.


~ Pat*

I Really Had A Good Christmas Because of You

Dear Joyful Heart,

I thank you so much for everything. I really had a good Christmas because of you. I loved the things you gave me. I really am thankful.

So thank you so much for all the time you put into my bag and gifts.

~ Sasha*

I Am Excited To Use My New Shampoo

Dear My Joyful Heart,

Thank you for giving me a Valentine's present. I am excited to use my new shampoo.

I hope you have a great Valentine's Day!

~ Chris*

I Am Forever Grateful to My Joyful Heart

Dear My Joyful Heart,

Thanks for your hard work and helping me receive these items. I am forever grateful to My Joyful Heart.

Thanks again,

~ Dahlia*

Share It with Someone You Love

Dear My Joyful Heart,

Thank you for all the gifts you gave me for Valentine's Day. Thank you for the pencils, paper, and the notebooks. Thank you for the necklace, pens, book, and sticky notes. Thank you for the hygiene products and the Valentine's craft kit. My favorite gift was the Valentine's craft kit. I hope you have a special Valentine's Day and share it with someone you lov

~ Michelle*

This Coat Will Keep Me Warm

Dear My Joyful Heart,

I am 12 years old and in the 7th grade. I am writing this letter to say thank you for the shirt, socks, shoes, underwear, books, toiletries, candy, hat, and gloves. The thing I like most was the pretty pink hat and gloves.

I am definitely going to stay warm in the winter this year. I hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving this year and many more to come. Stay warm and be happy.

Your friend,

~ Katie*

I Was Happy and Excited at the Same Time

Dear My Joyful Heart,

Thank you for all the stuff, I appreciate it. So does my mom when we opened the bag and I saw all of the stuff.

I was excited and happy at the same time. Merry Christmas and have a happy New Year.


~ Kristy*

I Love You Guys

Dear My Joyful Heart,

Thank you for the gifts. I really liked the cookies. Thank you for your kindness. I love you guys.

~ Katya*

It Was Magic Land Inside

To My Wonderful Joyful Heart...

I love all of my things so much my heart is beating so fast I can't breathe. My sister said my stuff was better than hers but I said "A present is just a present." I love all the things you gave me so much. Tell me your birthday and I will give you a present. All the presents were small on the outside but it was magic land inside.

~ Joey*

You Didn't Have To...

Thanks for the things you gave me. You guys also help me a lot. I hope you guys have a joyful and loving life.

You Didn't Have To

Thank you for what you did;
You didn't have to do it.
I'm glad someone like you
Could help me to get through it.
I'll always think of you
With a glad and grateful heart;
You are very special;
I knew it from the start!

~ Izaiah*

Thank You for the Confidence

Dear Joyful Heart,

Thank you for every thing you gave me and for what I received. I wish I could meet you and thank you for all the love and support and confidence you gave me.


~ Zoey*

You Take The Time To Care

Dear My Joyful Heart,

Thank you for giving me gifts. They mean a lot to me. There's no other charity organization that truly cares like you guys do.

Also, when you give gifts, you don't give any simple gifts. It's like you tkae the time to care.

Love always,

~ Edward*

You Did It From Your Heart

I'm going to cry because I love everything you give me. I'm so grateful for everything you gave.

And I learned alot about being so grateful because you didn't have to do this. You did it from your heart. I love you My Joyful Heart.


~ Sean*

You're So Nice, You're So Sweet

Thank you for all the things you gave me. I wish I could say that face to face. I'm so thankful that you would do things for me and you don't even know me.

God bless you.

My poem:

You're so nice,
You're so sweet,
You smell like a rose!

~ Kelly*

You Guys Really Care

Dear My Joyful Heart,

I would like to thank you for all the gifts you gave me over the past years. I appreciate it a lot.

Your organization shows that you guys really care.

~ Harry*

You Are A Real Blessing

Dear Joyful Heart,

I thank you for giving me all of that stuff. You are a real blessing. I really liked it and thank God for you. God bless you. I wish I could meet you, you are so caring.

~ Zenethia*

P.S. I Love You

Dear Joyful Heart,

I love the toys you gave me. I'll be praying for you. Thank you for your help and support.

P.S. I love you

~ Vicki*

My Joyful Heart Has Blessed Me

I would like to thank you for doing what you are doing. God is going to bless you GREATLY.

You did not have to do it, but you did and I thank you for that. Later in my life I will probably say to my children: "My Joyful Heart has blessed me."

~ Jason*

Thank You For Caring

Thank you My Joyful Heart for giving me gifts.

Teddy bear, shoes, clothes, underwear and socks

~ Tara*

I Will Remember You Forever

I am 6-years old. I love My Joyful Heart because you gave me a lot of things I needed.

I love my Mickey Mouse shoes a whole lot. Most of all, I love the dolls you sent me. I want to thank you My Joyful Heart for making my dreams come true. I will remember you forever and ever. You made this year a very happy year for me.

~ Maria*

I'm Doing Very Well In School

Thank you for all the fantastic things you gave me. I appreciate everything. Thank you for buying me the great things.

I'm doing very well in school, keeping my grades up and being a good student. Thank you for all the help you gave me [by sending me] gifts. Thank you very much. I'm on the pom-pom team and I'm about to join track.


~ Alesha*

Thank You For Giving Me Awesome Toys

Dear My Joyful Heart,

Thank you for giving me awesome toys like: truck, teddy bear, candy, book bag.


~ Jhawon*

Thank You For Everything

Thank you so much for thinking of me! Thank you for everything you have [given] me and did for me.

Thank you.

PS: Have a great Thanksgiving.

~ Adrienne*

I Really Like You

I just wanted to start off saying thank you for all the stuff you give us. You really do have a joyful heart.

I just really want to thank you for really making my family happy. I really like you. Thank you for all the things you do.

~ Nyesha*

I Am Going To Make You Proud

Thank you all for supporting us. I love My Joyful Heart -- keep it going. I am going to make My Joyful Heart proud.

Thank you for the wonderful gift that I got from you. I will always be grateful for your kind deeds.

~ Jason*

You're The Best!

Dear Joyful Heart,

Thank you for giving me the gift basket. I really appreciate it. You're the best.


~ Nicki*

* All names have been changed to protect the privacy of the children enrolled in My Joyful Heart's program.