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Project JOY

2011 was another great year

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Project JOY 2011 was another successful event. It was held in the Harlan County National Guard Armory and we provided food, clothing, learning bags and other essentials to over 400 families. As well as a great particpiation from churches throughout the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee we were joined by Pond Presbyterian, and First Presbyterian, Columbia. Thanks to all who helped.

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2011 Project JOY Team

Miners Hands



Pond Presbyterian Church
Old Hickory Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian, Columbia
Liberty Hill, Presbyterian Church
Milldale Presbyterian Church
Hermitage Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian, Springfield
First Presbyterian, Lebanon
First Presbyterian, Gallatin
First Presbyterian, Franklin
First Presbyterian. Lewisburg First Presbyterian, Tallahoma
Hillwood Presbyterian
Smyrna Church
Normandy Presbyterian
Brick Church Presbyterian LaVergna Presbyterian Church
1st Presbyterian, Cookeville
Glen Leven Presbyterian
St. Andrews Presbyterian
Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Harlan, KY
St Matthews Catholic, Franklin
Bell Road Baptist Church, Nashville
Ivy Memorial Baptist Church
The Donelson Fellowship


Presbytery Of Middle Tennessee Hunger Program

Associated Wholesale Grocers of Nashville

FRHAM Safety Products Inc.

Sanford Brands

McKee Foods, Corp.

Family Dollar Stores


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Project JOY (Joyous Offerings of Youth) is a youth founded mission to reach out to those in need in Harlan County, Kentucky. Harlan is in the coal mining area of the Appalachian Mountains in eastern Kentucky.

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Leesa Fields, Youth Director
Catherine Allen, Denton Allen, Matthew Fields, Rachel Fields, Jordan Greene, Justin Greene, Ashley Sowards, Ryan Smith, Josh Williams, Melissa Williams, Lisa Witten

Project JOY started in 1999 when the High School Youth Group from Priest Lake Presbyterian Church were looking for a mission project. They were led to Harlan, Kentucky which is in the Appalachians.
For more information on Harlan go to the Region page.

Downtown Harlan
Pam helpind with shoes

On their first trip they were moved to tears and compassion by the poverty they experienced and so Project JOY was born. God had spoken to these young people with a clear call to provide help in this area that was so close to them, but so much in need. While traveling home from Harlan a clear resolve was made that this was to be the Youth Ministry in coming years. A bond had been made between Priest Lake and Harlan. This year was the start of a project that would grow. The mustard seed had been planted from which a mighty tree would grow.

Seeing children standing in line waiting to receive their food, gift boxes and clothing in freezing temperatures in bare feet, with no sweater or jacket broke my heart and made me realize how blessed I was. This was a life changing experience and I vowed I would continue coming back here every year to help these people.

Rachel Fields

Founding Member

In 1999 11 young people, their leaders and members of Priest Lake Presbyterian Church went to Harlan with 40 food boxes, 70 gift boxes and clothing. Project JOY has grown over the years until now Priest Lake Presbyterian members have been joined by members of over 20 churches in the area and supplies 300 food boxes, 1,000 Learning bags, a large amount of clothing and shoes and a large number of blankets and linens.
Buying Food

Click here for more details on Project JOY's the History

It is our aim in the future to grow the project and provide necessities of life and items that will promote learning and help the young people of Harlan get a better education. The goals for our trips are 300 expanded food boxes, family toiletry bags, 1,000 learning bags, laundry supplies and a large selection of blankets, linens, coats, clothes and shoes.

Project JOY has completed its first decade of operation. As we move forward in the second decade we believe God wants us to expand and grow Project JOY to better help the residents of Harlan in their continued struggle with poverty. We believe we are on the verge of developing a great and powerful ministry.

Sue Handisides

Project Coordinator


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