What We Are About...
Joy to the Kids, Inc. is not your typical group of performers. We are dedicated to the idea that if a child can forget about his or her surroundings for a little while, and be given permission to dream big and imagine a future full of joy, then the healing process will be amplified and truly make a difference in their lives... beyond their wildest expectations! Our goal is to not just perform for the children, but interact with them in such a way that there is not a doubt in their minds that they possess a power inside themselves far greater than their circumstances. By encouraging each child to use their imagination to visualize only the things they love, and allow them to dream a bigger dream for themselves, without limitations, they are transcended beyond the fear of their illness to a place of pure hope and joy. We also see the immense benefit that this profound effect has on their families as well, and we encourage the whole family to believe in the power of how their positive thoughts can influence their children and witness first-hand the healing effects of this JOY! We want them to celebrate LIFE with their children, and ALL its possibilities!
For over 2 decades, Rachel Gray, the CEO and founder of Joy to the Kids, Inc., has performed professionally, from the opera stage to television... but there was always a whisper in her heart that she was meant to be doing something MORE. In 2012, her path came upon a girl that had just returned from a long hospital stay and all she had wanted was to meet a Princess while in the hospital, and an idea was born... why not share her talents and bring Joy to children in hospitals?
Rachel started volunteering at the hospital as a Princess in 2013 and by April of 2014, Joy to the Kids became incorporated and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization!
Joy to the Kids, Inc. has been created for charitable and inspirational purposes, and is not affiliated in any manner with Disney, Marvel, DC Comics, or Lucas Films.