As part of ISC’s Charitable Giving Program, last month we partnered with the Jessie Rees Foundation TeamNEGU: Never Ever Give Up! Trevor Sybert, our Sales Operations Manager, nominated the foundation in honor of his son who was a recipient of Joy Jars during his own battle with cancer.
The Jessie Rees Foundation is a global movement of compassionate people and corporations driven to fulfill the wish of 12-year-old Jessica Joy Rees, better known as “Jessie.” Jessie fought two brain tumors from March 3, 2011 to January 5, 2012. During her courageous fight, she decided to focus on helping other kids fighting cancer with the creation of JoyJars®, 64-ounce plastic jars stuffed with new toys, games, and activities for boys and girls ages 1 to 18 years old. Jessie personally stuffed and sent more than 3,000 JoyJars. In addition, she used her motto, NEGU®, to encourage her peers to Never Ever Give Up.
She left an amazing legacy of love that her family and foundation now continue. Since 2012, more than 385,000 JoyJars have been sent to children fighting cancer in all 50 states and 50 countries.
Our Team Contribution
About 100 ISC staff members gathered at our Carlsbad office on September 20 and filled 300 JoyJars with toys and gifts supplied by the Foundation to give to kids in hospitals. Our donation was $7,500.
The JoyJars event was planned around the WSIA meeting in San Diego so as many ISC staff members could participate. CEO Matt Grossberg kicked off the event with a company-wide Zoom meeting, introducing volunteers from the Jessie Rees Foundation and Trevor Sybert, who inspired us with personal stories of love and courage. ISC staff at remote offices also participated by filling out greeting cards for the children.