December is always close to our hearts, as this was a special time for giving to the less fortunate that Kelli Joy enjoyed starting at an early age.   She loved to take her money and buy gifts for the less fortunate as she didn’t want any child to miss having a present to open.  This year was extra meaningful due to the pandemic.  So many more children were in need and Mary and her angels were there to help the foundation fill the house with gifts to bring a smile of “JOY” and a child’s face this Christmas season.

O’Laughlin Grand Kids posing with the Maryville Academy presents 

The caregivers at Maryville Academy with our Foundation to ask the children what they would like for Christmas. Then KJO Foundation works with their elves to shop, purchase, and wrap the beautiful gifts that you see in the pictures.  In the end, there were over 160 children and a few parents that are part of the Maryville family that received presents this year. 

Brenda and John with Sister Cathy Ryan Executive Director of Maryville Academy

Sister Cathy Ryan describes some of their programs, the impact of the Pandemic, and the impact of these gifts on the children and families served by Maryville Academy.