Given the challenges and hardships our communities endured in 2020, the idea of the holidays may cause angst for some of our neighbors and present yet another burden for so many. To foster holiday spirit in a time where help and goodwill is needed more than ever, Ferguson donated $50,000 and extended its partnership with The Joy Fund Foundation.
Ferguson has supported the Daily Press Ferguson Holiday Fund since 2013 and will transition its support to The Joy Fund Foundation this year. The Daily Press Ferguson Holiday Fund was established in 1929 and depended on the generosity of Virginia Peninsula residents and businesses to support area non-profits doing exceptional and important work in the community. For the Virginian Pilot, The Joy Fund Foundation has been a staple of the holiday season since its creation during the Great Depression. The two efforts have now been consolidated under the banner of The Joy Fund Foundation, but with an expanded mission. Donations to the foundation will help make spirits bright throughout Hampton Roads, purchasing toys for disadvantaged children and supporting the efforts of the local Salvation Army branches to help families in need during the holidays.
“We’re grateful to the Daily Press, the Virginian Pilot and its many readers for supporting our community during the holidays,” explained Melissa Hazelwood, Ferguson Cares senior manager. “It’s a great way for us to come together and celebrate the joy of the season. We’ve certainly had our ups and downs this year, and the holidays are a time for us to appreciate and take care of each other.”
“The Joy Fund Foundation wishes to extend immeasurable gratitude to Ferguson Cares for its substantial contribution helping to bring joy to thousands of underprivileged children throughout Hampton Roads during the holiday season,” commented Mark Quan, President of The Joy Fund Foundation.
Each year, The Joy Fund Foundation provides presents for about 12,000 area children. More than 1 million kids have received gifts through this initiative since it began in 1929. Ferguson has supported the sister-program on the Virginia Peninsula since 2013 and has contributed $450,000 to the nearly $1 million raised overall.
Ferguson Cares is part of the company’s overall Sustainability program and focuses on social initiatives and projects. Ferguson Cares is committed to doing good in the communities we serve with a focus on hunger, housing, disaster relief, clean water and sanitation and the skilled trades.