Our History

Jeeps For Joy was established in 2001 as "The Matthew Allen Memorial Toy Run". It was started by members of the Delaware Jeep Association (DeJA), before the club was even incorporated. Matthew Allen had succumbed to Leukemia in March of that year. After some discussion, it was decided to reach out to area Jeep dealerships to solicit donations for the A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, where Matthew had received treatment. The goal was to help these children and their families to have the happiest holiday season they could, during an emotionally and financially stressful time.

That first year we had only 15 Jeeps in attendance, and just over 100 donations. Bob Allen, Matthew’s father, bought a Jeep soon after this first event and joined the Delaware Jeep Association. Since that first event in 2001, Jeeps for Joy has donated close to 10,000 toys and items to both the Nemours/A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children and Children's Choice Foster Care.

In 2005, Jeeps For Joy incorporated and obtained 501(c)(3) status from the federal government (tax exempt). In late 2012, Jeeps For Joy underwent a metamorphosis– shifting from an annual toy run to a year-round charity. Our focus has broadened as well. In addition to our continued support of the children's hospital, we have begun a partnership with Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, as well as pursuing our own efforts to help and support local children and families.

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Our Mission

Jeeps for Joy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in need, within the Mid-Atlantic region. We do this through fundraising, charitable events and outreach within the off-roading community.

Board of Directors

Keith Johnson Mike Jasinski Michelle Jasinski Mark Rutt