Chattooga County Tax Commissioner Joy Hampton can’t help it, Joy is her name after all. For her entire life she has worked to bring joy to everyone around. She has headed up many food drives, stands out in the cold to collect taxes, she volunteers her time with the boys scouts and always makes sure the elderly in the community have all they need.
2020 has been a hard year on Chattooga County. Joy has decided to make sure those impacted the most, the individuals mourning the loss of their spouse know they are loved, remembered and prayed for this Christmas season.
“When I close my eyes, I see all the faces of dear friends who lost their spouse this year. There are so many. Last night, I posted about families mourning- today we mourn more. I did find a silver lining. Every person that commented on that post is missing someone they love very much. Despite their own pain, they wish to comfort others. As I read their sentiments, my heart grows warmer. Another reminder that humans are overall good, caring and unselfish. I still believe the best humans are here in Chattooga County.”
“I think most folks are like me… they cheer themselves up by cheering someone else up.” So she devised a plan. “I’d like to get something going for folks in our community that will have an empty seat (or more) this year. Off the top of my head I know of 10, but I don’t want anyone to be left out as I’m losing count.”
Joy decided to set up a box up outside her office where members of the community can bring card, a small gift, chocolates, etc. to her office and she’ll see that it gets to someone who has been affected. Joy will make sure that the gifts, cards, etc are wiped down with antibacterial wipes before they are delivered.
If you know of someone who has lost a spouse this year, message Joy their name so she doesn’t forget any (and in case they don’t want their identity known).
Anything sent will remain anonymous, and it will be a special surprise for those who are hurting.