In 2020, due to Covid-19, we were unable to gather in groups and we made the difficult decision to cancel our traditional Tree Trim events when trees were decorated. In their place, Individual Mini-Tree Decorating Kits were created and given to seniors and veterans to experience the joy of decorating their own personal tree, many of them sheltering in place alone. Tree Kits were also given to healthcare essential workers to bring some joy to them and to show appreciation for their dedicated service.
SPECIAL THANKS TO BUSINESSES SUPPORTING OUR 2020 TREE KITSBob’s Market in Santa Monica, Bob Rosenbloom owner, for supplying the bags for our Tree KitsInnovative Print Solutions in Long Beach, Eugene Yoo owner, for printing the Instruction Sheets for our Tree KitsThe Santa Monica Star, Diane Margolin Publisher, for sharing our story on page 10 in December 2020 issue
CLICK HERE to watch the JoyCatchers video! The numbers and way of giving trees has changed since this video was recorded in 2014, but the mission and spirit of JoyCatchers remains the same.
JoyCatchers was created in 2006 by Charla King to honor her mother who shared her joy of creativity and holidays. From a simple idea – to volunteer and give trees to people in need of cheering up during the holiday season – a group of friends got together to decorate 35 trees for a convalescent hospital in Santa Monica, California. “Let’s do it again,” they said and so the JoyCatchers Tree Trim grew into an annual tradition of bringing joy to adults…one holiday tree at a time.
Recipients loved the trees. They brought them joy. Word spread. Now, more than 1,050 trees are given away annually in December. Most trees are delivered trimmed and ready to be enjoyed. Some are delivered to non-profits as a Tree Trim Activity for their seniors, adults, veterans and people in cancer support programs to decorate trees as a group activity or Community Service project.
From its grassroots beginnings 14 years ago to the present day, JoyCatchers has given away 7,130 decorated artificial tabletop trees, all funded by individual contributions from caring individuals.
The idea of our Founder, Charla King, to honor her mother’s caring spirit and love of the holidays has flourished beyond expectations. Remaining today an all-volunteer group, JoyCatchers became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2016 to continue its mission to bring joy to adults…one holiday tree at a time.
Learn more about our Founder, Charla King and what makes our JoyCatchers trees unique. Read testimonials from our recipients and volunteers. Visit our Photo Gallery. Download the JoyCatchers brochure.
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JoyCatchers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Federal Taxpayer I.D. # 81-3170249