This week’s Badass Chick is Joan Bliss of Winchester, NH, a mom who is helping disadvantaged families during the holidays.
Joan is a mom of six kids who was in nursing school last year when she saw first-hand how many kids have it really hard, especially around the holidays. So, Joan reached out to friends on Facebook and asked them to recommend families in her area that may not get a visit from Santa, or who may need a little extra help around the holidays. Joan was determined to provide 10 gifts to each child in need. And that she did: 33 kids were on her list and Joan’s friends and family really helped to provide gifts and other supplies. Joan hand-delivered each of the 330 gifts to the families so that she could keep the identities of the families private from the volunteers who were helping her.
Now, Joan is back at it again this year, and she has doubled her goal: she is helping 71 kids (and counting!). Luckily, Joan’s generosity has spread so fast in her area that her community has gotten involved and is donating things like gifts, wrapping supplies and money to help out. Even businesses have gotten in on the giving. She has no plans to stop in the years coming, either.
I love that Joan is spending her time bringing holiday happiness to families who need it the most and also bringing her town together to help. For that, she is my Badass Chick of the Week!
If you want to sponsor a child or know a family in her area that could use her help, Joan asks that you contact her on her Facebook page here.
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