Jeeps For Joy was established in 2001 as "The Matthew Allen Memorial Toy Run". It was started by members of the Delaware Jeep Association (DeJA), before the club was even incorporated. Matthew Allen had succumbed to Leukemia in March of that year. After some discussion, it was decided to reach out to area Jeep dealerships to solicit donations for the A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, where Matthew had received treatment. The goal was to help these children and their families to have the happiest holiday season they could, during an emotionally and financially stressful time.
That first year we had only 15 Jeeps in attendance, and just over 100 donations. Bob Allen, Matthew’s father, bought a Jeep soon after this first event and joined the Delaware Jeep Association. Since that first event in 2001, Jeeps for Joy has donated close to 10,000 toys and items to both the Nemours/A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children and Children's Choice Foster Care.
In 2005, Jeeps For Joy incorporated and obtained 501(c)(3) status from the federal government (tax exempt). In late 2012, Jeeps For Joy underwent a metamorphosis– shifting from an annual toy run to a year-round charity. Our focus has broadened as well. In addition to our continued support of the children's hospital, we have begun a partnership with Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, as well as pursuing our own efforts to help and support local children and families.
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Jeeps for Joy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in need, within the Mid-Atlantic region. We do this through fundraising, charitable events and outreach within the off-roading community.
Keith has extensive experience with non-profit organizations, as well as working in the field of child advocacy. His professional experience and his desire to make a difference in the lives of others, along with his passion for Jeeps led him to jump at the chance to become involved with Jeeps For Joy when the opportunity arose.
Mike’s love of Jeeps started at an early age which led to what is now almost an addiction. The first organized Jeep event he attended was a Jeeps For Joy toy run and since then has participated every year. During the discussions of the future of Jeeps for Joy Mike saw an opportunity to further the charity by assuming a leadership role and helping reach more families and children in need.
Jeeps have always been a part of Michelle’s family and with having twin preemies she experienced firsthand all that is needed for children and families so joining Jeeps for Joy is a natural fit. Michelle brings her financial knowledge and non-profit background to help guide them into more robust organization.
Mark joined on with the Jeeps for Joy leadership in 2014 merging two of his favorite things: Jeeps and Creative Design. A Jeep driver since age 16, Mark was brought onboard to lead Jeeps for Joy's brand development and marketing. His expertise will aid in an effort to grow Jeeps for Joy to a larger and more recognized regional charity.