Our Mission: To Help improve the lives of underprivileged students and their families in the greater Jacksonville area during the holidays.
About Bright Holidays
Bright Holidays, a recognized public charity, helps underprivileged students and families in the greater Jacksonville, FL area during the holiday season, which, for many, is often a difficult time of year. Bright Holidays raises funds locally and works with school principals in the community to identify those in need of clothing, food, school supplies and other necessities. Unlike other charities and foundations, Bright Holidays operates on a seasonal basis, relies solely on volunteer efforts and operates with no fixed expenses.
Bright Holidays, founded in 2003, became a public charity in 2006 upon recognition as a 501(c)(3) corporation by the Internal Revenue Service. Sylvia Johnson, principal of Eugene J. Butler Middle School and former principal of West Jacksonville Elementary School inspired the concept and John Forrester, a local business executive, founded the organization. Inaugural efforts, before the establishment of any organization or certification by the IRS, raised approximately $15,000 which benefited nearly 200 elementary school students and their families. Since becoming a 501(c)(3) organization, Bright Holidays has grown by 500%, reaching well over 800 students and their families in 2013.
Today, Bright Holidays has a functioning Board of Directors comprised of local business leaders and educators. In addition, Bright Holidays has recruited volunteer workers and enjoys relationships with local professional firms to provide pro bono accounting, communications, legal and technology services. As a result of its volunteer Board and these relationships, Bright Holidays requires no operating capital and can use 100% of monies raised to help those in need of assistance.
Bright Holidays provides donors with a summary report of donations and expenditures at the conclusion of the holiday season.
Bright Holidays for Local Families
First Coast News anchor Deanna Fene talks about how Bright Holidays is helping families in Jacksonville. View video or read Bright Holidays article on FirstCoastNews.com.
Other Press on Bright Holidays
Bright Holidays Helps Children in Need on First Coast News.
Group works to make holidays bright for kids in need on Jacksonville.com. Ponte Vedra Man Helps Kids in Need
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.