Project Joy was launched in 2020 to help make the season bright for families in our community by alleviating some of the burden of the holiday season and fulfilling a wish list of essential items. While most holiday programs focus on younger children, Project Joy specifically seeks to respond to the unmet needs of older students and their families.
2021 was our biggest year for Project Joy yet. Through the generosity of over 1,000 donors and volunteers — and partners like Forge Search, United Bank, Humana, GreenWood and Proterra — we were able to meet the needs of 560 local students across 11 schools.
Project Joy FAQs
We accept families recommended via Greenville County Schools. Please reach out to your school’s social worker to be recommended.
Each family is different, but we recommend budgeting approximately $75-$100 per student to meet their clothing, personal care, and miscellaneous needs.
You can drop off gifts at United Way of Greenville County on any of our three drop-off dates.
United Way of Greenville County
105 Edinburgh Ct
Greenville, SC 29607
Thursday, November 28th (2 pm – 6 pm)
Friday, November 29th (10 am – 12 pm)
Saturday, November 30th (10 am – 12 pm)
Yes! Gift receipts are not required, but certainly help if the gift — like clothing or shoes — doesn’t fit.
Yes, please wrap your gifts before delivering to United Way. We recommend wrapping gifts as individually as possible — because who doesn’t love to open a bunch of presents?
It is important that you label each gift with the family number (and specific child within that family if applicable) to avoid any potential mix-up during distribution.
The needs of each student and family will be posted on our volunteer website in mid-October via an anonymous numbering system. Once you have selected a family, please register for their number so others don’t select the same family. By registering for
a family, it takes their needs off the website and makes their wish list visible to only you.
We ask that you not unregister from a family after Nov. 14 to give each family a chance to be selected before the gifts are due, Nov. 28–30. Should you need to unregister after Nov. 14, we recommend you make a monetary gift to Project Joy to help ensure the needs of the family are met.
Support Project Joy
Your donation will help meet the needs of Greenville County students and their families.
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Complete the form below to be the first to know when Project Joy returns in 2022: