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My Joyful Heart

Founder and Executive Director Contact: Diane Carroll
Work P.O. Box 502 Lockport IL 60441 Work Phone: (815) 806-1700 Website: My Joyful Heart


My Joyful Heart is a unique charity that provides personalized assistance and encouragement for Chicago area and suburban children in need. As a faith-based organization, they endeavor to be a positive influence to these children in need by remembering them with basic life essentials, school supplies, clothing, toys and encouragement throughout each year until their situation improves or they move from the area.

My Joyful Heart provides the little things that may often be missing in the life of a child in need. By providing these gift packages regularly throughout the year they extend love and hope to these children, making them feel special and letting them know that people do care. Local, disadvantaged, high-risk children are given gift packages of essentials throughout the year, not just at Christmas. They are not a one-size-fits-all organization; gifts are specifically selected for each individual child.

My Joyful Heart works in tandem with the Chicago Public Schools and other school districts to enroll needy children; the children who are coming to school without a jacket in the winter, the children who do not have proper shoes or clothing that fits, the children in need of hygiene and especially the children in need of encouragement and hope. They work closely with the school systems to ensure gifts are given to the children in their program and that he/she knows that someone cares. All this is made possible through sponsorships, donations, grants, fundraising and corporate support.

My Joyful Heart continually strives to help local children as best they can. What they do is…Bring Hope.


My Joyful Heart operates out of donated warehouse space in Mokena, IL with a their administrative office in Lockport, IL. Diane Carroll is a wonderfully kind woman with a big heart. She is always looking for dedicated people to join her in her cause, and has been known to welcome young people (and homeschoolers especially) to help out on a regular or semi-regular basis at their warehouse facility in Mokena.

Check out the video below where My Joyful Heart was featured on the CBS evening news.