Bright Holidays' mission is to help improve the lives of underprivileged students and their families in the greater Jacksonville area during the holiday season.
Bright Holidays has been a 501(3)(c) since 2005 and has served more than 800 kids per year for the last 10 years, including over 1,000 in 2019.
Bright Holidays focuses on children most in need. To do this, school principals and faculty help identify the families in need, obtain parental permission, gather children's clothing sizes, and help facilitate delivery of gifts to the families.
Donations come mostly from individuals but also include a few corporate donors. A $100 donation supports one child's gift bag. The gifts are valued at approximately $125 as Bright Holidays buys in bulk and from big-hearted retailers.
Bright Holidays partners with approximately 45 schools in Duval and St. John's County. The need is great, and more schools can be added with additional funding.
We are thankful for 100's of shopping and sorting volunteers; and 40+ Bright Holidays Faculty Reps from our school partners.
Bright Holiday's provides 9 new items to all children within the family. They include a shirt, jacket, pants, underwear, shoes, socks, sleeping bag, book, and toy. Parents also receive a grocery store gift card.
Currently, Bright Holidays supports students at over forty Jacksonville schools in Duval and St. John's County. 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.