Joining for Jacob

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Joy for Jacob

After we lost Jacob, we decided to celebrate his birthday by sharing the impact he had on our lives with others. On July 1, 2018, Jacob’s 4th birthday, we spent the day at the St. Louis Zoo with about 125 friends and family who helped us to do random acts of kindness to others as they enjoyed the zoo. Each family in our “Joy Army” was given an envelope filled with cash and tickets to the children’s zoo, carousel, or zoo train, and was charged with the task of making other people’s day in honor of Jacob. Each random act was given with a card about Jacob in the hope that others would continue to spread his joy. Money for this day was raised by donations given directly for Joy for Jacob, as well as the sale of t-shirts.

Joy for Jacob Zoo Day: June 30, 2019

Details for the event can be found:

Spreading Joy for Jacob has taken off! To request Joy for Jacob cards to spread your own joy, email

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Joy for Jacob T-Shirts will go on sale Spring 2010