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 5th for 9 am to 1 pm.
12735 Gran Bay Parkway, Building 100, next door to the YMCA. Get directions.
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 2014, Bright Holidays provided necessities to more than 920 children in need at 49 Jacksonville-area schools. Read more about our 2014 campaign.
- Despite a troubled economy, total donations in 2014 exceeded $110,838, an increase of 13% over 2013 totals.
- 56% of 2013 donors contributed again in 2014 with 83% maintaining or increasing their level of participation.
- Of the money spent on gifts, 95% went for essential items such as food, clothing and school supplies; 3% was used to purchase reading-level appropriate books; and the remaining 2% enabled the purchase of simple gifts such as art supplies, games and balls.
- 2014 operating expenses totaled $2,986, less than 3% of monies received.
- Area businesses including Allstate Foundation; Baptist Health; Griggs Group; Gist Create; Eavenson, Fraser & Lunsford; Jack Ward Fire Consultants; Thomas M. and Irene Kirbo Charitable Foundation; Neviaser Foundation; Sargent Cycle Products; Warren & Augusta Hume Foundation; On Ideas; Page & Otto Marx, Jr. Foundation; Publix Super Markets Charities; Regency Electric Co.; Sawgrass Asset Management; Spectrum Installations; 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 300 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.