It’s the season of cheer, magic and giving back. And that’s exactly what one Houstonian is doing for local area children. Last year Houston Chronicle Fashion and Beauty editor, Joy Sewing, started what will now be a annual initiative to bring holiday cheer to Houston area kids.
The #YeafofJoy Holiday Ice Skating party is her way of combining an activity that she’s loved since childhood and giving back to the community, by allowing some children to experience a activity they otherwise may have not had the opportunity to try.
In a partnership with ICE powered by Green Mountain Energy at Discovery Green and H-E-B who provided food and toys, Sewing was able to bring 60 kids from local middle school and community centers (on a chartered luxury bus) to a space filled with fun and holiday joy.
Last year Sewing embarked on her #YearofJoy in an effort to start a personal journey of living a more joyful life and doing all things she desired. With that blossomed the Holiday ICE party and other community initiatives including a “Hidden Figures” movie night at the River Oaks iPic that included a myriad of about 50 girls, some of who from local homeless shelters, and a Wonder Woman themed thing bowling party at Bowlmor with empowering entertainment, treats and goody bags.
Now with the help of her volunteers who lend hands lacing up skates, making PB&J sandwiches and helping the fearful first-timers, and donations from friends and social-media supporters she’s wrapped up the second annual Holiday ICE party, that took place on Monday, Dec. 11. Collectively, almost 100 kids from the third ward area Peck Elementary, South side Community Center and Hype Freedom Schools were in attendance and had a blast. This new annual tradition seems to get better every year!
For more photos and video head over to Joy Sewing’s Instagram.