Stories of Joy @ the Movies

Stories of Joy went to the movie last weekend, and it was an afternoon of pure JOY!  Through a generous grant, SOJ was able to treat families from the Kyrene Resource Center to a private screening of The Grinch.  We provided tickets, popcorn, and drinks.  The movie provided the laughs, smiles, and joy!

The Kyrene Resource Center is an amazing non-profit that supports families in the Kyrene School District in Tempe, AZ with food, clothing, hygiene products, and schools supplies.  You can check them out at Kyrene Resource Center

To give these families the gift of an afternoon at the movies was great fun!  Our theater had the comfortable reclining seats.  Before the movie began, one girl was playing with the controls on her chair and adjusting it to the perfect position.  She looked up and said, “I feel like a princess!”  With tears in her eyes and a big smile on her face, one mom shared that because of the expense her family hasn’t been to a movie together in several years.  The director of the center told me that this was a great way to start the holiday season!

Little things, small gifts, acts of kindness mean so much.  That’s the message of the movie.  The Grinch is so moved by an invitation to Christmas dinner that he tells the group gathered that his life has been changed forever.  His closing toast says it all, “To kindness and love . . . the things we need most!”

Check out the photographs below.

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