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Joy Jar Toy Collection

A collection effort by the City of Mission Viejo to benefit children battling cancer has been extended to Friday, January 17.

Since November, the City has been collecting donated items for the NEGU JoyJars project. The project is meant to inspire the community to give back in honor of the special little girl who coined the phrase.

Jessie Rees was a 12-year-old girl who inspired the world to never, ever give up in her fight against inoperable brain tumors. Only three weeks after her diagnosis, Jessie created JoyJars to give children facing similar battles some joy while they underwent treatment. Each jar holds 15-20 new, age-appropriate toys for a kid with cancer. Jessie lost her battle to the disease in 2012, but her dream and legacy lives on.

To help pull in more donations to support the Jessie Rees Foundation and children all over battling cancer, the City of Mission Viejo is continuing to collect specific JoyJar items (listed here) in specially marked boxes at City Hall (200 Civic Center), the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center (24932 Veterans Way); Mission Viejo Library, (100 Civic Center); Montanoso Recreation Center (25800 Montanoso Drive) and the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion (27474 Casta Del Sol).

Residents, local groups, businesses and organizations are encouraged to take part in this effort to bring some joy to kids battling cancer.

For more information about JoyJars, visit http://youtu.be/Uix7GGHgBKc.

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