Merced County Times Newspaper
The Power of Positive Press

Joystiq celebrates ‘Christmas in July’


While it may be the complete opposite time of the year, the Christmas spirit was channeled this summer thanks to Leroy and Patricia Morgan’s event, Christmas in July, held at Joystiq this past Saturday. There, special guests were treated to refreshments, live music by Cheryl Lockett, as well as a pile of gifts. The philanthropic duo has been serving the community for over 20 years now and still only plan to continue their mission of supporting the community.

Christmas in July is an annual community event that was formed with the sole purpose of giving back to the community, specifically for families who are facing financial troubles. Every year, this group gathers loads of bikes, scooters, toys, electronics, snacks, and school supplies to hand out freely to the event attendees through raffles and a gift giving activity for the kids. Additionally, due to the choice of the location, they also gave out quarters so that all the children can play games through the afternoon. It was an overall heartwarming and entertaining event for all of those involved.

“Christmas in July is hubbie’s and my gifts of love to the kiddos,” says Patricia Morgan about Christmas in July. “When we prepare for the children to experience our love’s embrace, our hearts know without doubt that we are keepers of the awareness of love’s presence. All the smiles and joy create a Christmas vibe in July! For those hours, all the cares and worries become opportunities to sing, dance, and be happy and be the light. We become united with their families. The more we participate, loving one another, the more our kiddos will have a deeper insight into the power and beauty of loving family, friends, and neighbors.”

Joystiq’s owner, Andy, had this to say about the event: “We felt joy in being able to provide a space for such a meaningful event it’s something we’ve always wanted to do.”

Guests DeonVay and Vaneisha Batts said their four children had a blast at the event.

“They played games, ate some food, and all before they received their gifts. Naomi got a TV, Nadia got a bike, and Nia and Nya got scooters. That was after all the toys and board games they got. They were super excited to set up and ride their new things. We appreciate Mrs. Patricia for giving back to the community and inviting us.”

You might also like