Our Mission: To Help improve the lives of underprivileged students and their families in the greater Jacksonville area during the holidays.
Shopping Day Saturday, December 3rd for 9 am to 1 pm.
The location will be announced in November.
Bring Joy by Providing Necessities to Students
Bright Holidays, a recognized public charity, was founded to help underprivileged students and families in the greater Jacksonville, FL area during the holiday season. Bright Holidays operates on a seasonal basis, relying solely on volunteers and operates with no fixed expenses. Nearly 100% of donations go directly to benefit disadvantaged children and families. Continue reading...
Raising Funds to Help Low-Income Youth
Jacksonville.com recently highlighted Bright Holidays' work in the Jacksonville community.
Bright Holidays Helps Children in Need
During an earlier campaign, Deanna Fene of First Coast News dropped by the the Bright Holidays warehouse to see how we were helping hundreds of area children. View the First Coast News video or read the article.
- In 2015, Bright Holidays provided necessities to more than 820 children in need at 48 Jacksonville-area schools. Read more about our 2015 campaign.
- Despite a troubled economy, total donations in 2015 exceeded $95,000, slightly less than our 2014 total of $110,838.
- 63% of 2014 donors contributed again in 2015 with 83% maintaining or increasing their level of participation.
- Of the money spent on gifts, 97% went for essential items such as food, clothing and school supplies; 2% was used to purchase reading-level appropriate books; and the remaining 1% enabled the purchase of simple gifts such as art supplies, games and balls.
- 2015 operating expenses totaled $3,029, less than 4% of monies received.
- Area businesses including Allstate Foundation; Baptist Health; Eavenson, Fraser & Lunsford, Griggs Group; Gist Create; Thomas M. and Irene Kirbo Charitable Foundation; Neviaser Foundation; Warren & Augusta Hume Foundation; Publix Super Markets Charities; Regency Electric Co.; Sawgrass Asset Management; Walmart Store #1172; Winn-Dixie Supermarkets (Bi-Lo Holdings) and Women Business Owners of North Florida contributed to our mission through gifts of time and treasure.
More than 250 volunteers handled the shopping, sorting, wrapping and delivery of gifts.
The Board of Directors anticipates that this list of schools will change over time based on the success of fund-raising efforts and the identification of those in need.