Stoney Creek native Jay Perry makes Christmas miracles with Friends With Hearts

News Dec 06, 2017 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

Jay Perry believes every kid should experience the magic of Christmas.

That’s why the Stoney Creek native and nine friends started Friends With Hearts back in 2011.

“Ultimately, the main goal is to give kids a Christmas,” said Perry.

Starting with a goal of $250, the first Christmas toy drive raised $1,400. The campaign grew exponentially each year. Today there are Friends With Hearts chapters in Vancouver, the Niagara region, Cornwall and just last year, a new chapter in New York City.

“I didn’t know what we did, but people were drawn to it, and liked it,” said Perry. “It was fun to get into the States. It kind of gives you some credibility, I think.”

Perry credits social media for helping to spread the word about Friends With Hearts. This year, his group raised about $26,000 to buy Christmas presents for local children. Perry and his friends have partnered with the Good Shepherd Centre to distribute the gifts to families.

“We’re doing it together, as a community. That’s another goal,” said Perry. “And it helps the parents too. It relieves some stress. I can’t imagine what it would be like for a parent, not being able to provide for their child at Christmas.”

On Monday evening, Perry and his colleagues were at Mastermind Toys in the Ancaster Meadowlands, shopping for gifts with the proceeds of this year’s fundraising. Perry and his helpers ended up purchasing over $16,000 worth of toys during the shopping spree.

Mastermind Toys Ancaster store manager Teresa Morrow set aside some donated items for Perry’s toy drive and extended Black Friday pricing on several items.

Perry and about 60 volunteers are planning to wrap all of the Christmas gifts this Sunday at Perry’s Chatham Street photography studio in west Hamilton.

For more on Friends With Hearts, see friendswithhearts.com.

Stoney Creek native Jay Perry makes Christmas miracles with Friends With Hearts

News Dec 06, 2017 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

Jay Perry believes every kid should experience the magic of Christmas.

That’s why the Stoney Creek native and nine friends started Friends With Hearts back in 2011.

“Ultimately, the main goal is to give kids a Christmas,” said Perry.

Starting with a goal of $250, the first Christmas toy drive raised $1,400. The campaign grew exponentially each year. Today there are Friends With Hearts chapters in Vancouver, the Niagara region, Cornwall and just last year, a new chapter in New York City.

“I didn’t know what we did, but people were drawn to it, and liked it,” said Perry. “It was fun to get into the States. It kind of gives you some credibility, I think.”

Perry credits social media for helping to spread the word about Friends With Hearts. This year, his group raised about $26,000 to buy Christmas presents for local children. Perry and his friends have partnered with the Good Shepherd Centre to distribute the gifts to families.

“We’re doing it together, as a community. That’s another goal,” said Perry. “And it helps the parents too. It relieves some stress. I can’t imagine what it would be like for a parent, not being able to provide for their child at Christmas.”

On Monday evening, Perry and his colleagues were at Mastermind Toys in the Ancaster Meadowlands, shopping for gifts with the proceeds of this year’s fundraising. Perry and his helpers ended up purchasing over $16,000 worth of toys during the shopping spree.

Mastermind Toys Ancaster store manager Teresa Morrow set aside some donated items for Perry’s toy drive and extended Black Friday pricing on several items.

Perry and about 60 volunteers are planning to wrap all of the Christmas gifts this Sunday at Perry’s Chatham Street photography studio in west Hamilton.

For more on Friends With Hearts, see friendswithhearts.com.

Stoney Creek native Jay Perry makes Christmas miracles with Friends With Hearts

News Dec 06, 2017 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

Jay Perry believes every kid should experience the magic of Christmas.

That’s why the Stoney Creek native and nine friends started Friends With Hearts back in 2011.

“Ultimately, the main goal is to give kids a Christmas,” said Perry.

Starting with a goal of $250, the first Christmas toy drive raised $1,400. The campaign grew exponentially each year. Today there are Friends With Hearts chapters in Vancouver, the Niagara region, Cornwall and just last year, a new chapter in New York City.

“I didn’t know what we did, but people were drawn to it, and liked it,” said Perry. “It was fun to get into the States. It kind of gives you some credibility, I think.”

Perry credits social media for helping to spread the word about Friends With Hearts. This year, his group raised about $26,000 to buy Christmas presents for local children. Perry and his friends have partnered with the Good Shepherd Centre to distribute the gifts to families.

“We’re doing it together, as a community. That’s another goal,” said Perry. “And it helps the parents too. It relieves some stress. I can’t imagine what it would be like for a parent, not being able to provide for their child at Christmas.”

On Monday evening, Perry and his colleagues were at Mastermind Toys in the Ancaster Meadowlands, shopping for gifts with the proceeds of this year’s fundraising. Perry and his helpers ended up purchasing over $16,000 worth of toys during the shopping spree.

Mastermind Toys Ancaster store manager Teresa Morrow set aside some donated items for Perry’s toy drive and extended Black Friday pricing on several items.

Perry and about 60 volunteers are planning to wrap all of the Christmas gifts this Sunday at Perry’s Chatham Street photography studio in west Hamilton.

For more on Friends With Hearts, see friendswithhearts.com.