Chronic illness impacts millions of children worldwide.

A chronically ill child or tween affects each family and every family member differently. Often a child’s development, behavior, self-awareness, independence, daily routines, recreational activities, and education are affected, as are those of parents and siblings. Yet illness can also be an unexpected catalyst toward growing compassion and resiliency, and a deeper, more foundational faith.

Our Children’s Program grew from a desire to care for our Littles and Tweens in tangible ways. It began with a whimsical notecard and printable stationery designed by one of our Creative Contributors to encourage children who may be hospitalized, homebound, or just having a tough time. Offering a kind word to a child affected by chronic illness reminds them that they are not alone. They are thought of, cared about, and lifted in prayer.

Our CJ Star notecards and stationery are a wonderful opportunity for Littles and Tweens to hand write notes and letters to others who are affected by chronic illness, sharing the kindness and compassion of Jesus. Letter writing is almost a lost art, but through our #PenToPaper program, we hope to rekindle it!

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Our hope is to build helpful and easily accessible resources for parents and children as they climb the challenging mountain of chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and/or disability. Through our Pass It On program we invite you to share books, blogs, podcasts, websites, and other resources that you’ve found helpful, inspiring, or encouraging.

CJ Star & Friends

Children

Be Honest. Be Silly. Be Brave. Be Kind.

Jesus loves you exactly as you are! He loves you when you're honest and when you’re kind, when you’re sad and when you're tired, and even when you're angry. Jesus loves you exactly as you are, because He made YOU exactly as you are, and He never, ever makes a mistake.

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Tween-Chronic-lers of Joy

Tween Chronic-lers of Joy

Laugh. Learn. Create. And shine the light of Jesus.

Grab your friends and your siblings, and laugh together, learn together, play together, create together, and get to know Jesus a whole lot better together. Explore new things. Discover fun activities. And learn to live your very best life in the love, truth, and amazing grace of Jesus.

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Kids Get Mail!

Kids Get Mail!

CJ Star and the Sonshine Squad want kids to know just how much they are loved by Jesus. Bright, engaging characters bring laughter, whimsy, and a bright spot of sunshine to even difficult days. Parents, SIGN-UP your child (and their siblings) today. It’s safe and secure.
 

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CJ & the Sonshine Squad

Sponsor A Little Sonshine!

Sunshine is sweet; it is good to see the light of day.
 Ecclesiastes 11:7 NCV

Sunshine is sweet and the laughter of children is a delight. Did you know that Chronic Joy sends merry little packets filled with bright, colorful, pint-sized fun to our Children and Tweens several times a year?

Our Littles are precious young people either living with chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, or disability themselves, or facing it as a sibling, son, or daughter.

#PenToPaper mailings wing their way across the United States and around the world, carrying CJ Star and his winsome pals, the Sonshine Squad (Calliope Cat, Fendi Fox, Floria Flamingo, Gilead Gecko, Henry Hedgehog, Liana Llama, Percy Puppy, Sachi Snail, Sammy Seal, and Simeon Sloth) encouraging our Littles and Tweens to be kind, be brave, keep praying, have fun, and try something new.

We invite you to Sponsor a Little Sonshine!

    • Donate $5 – the cost of one fun-filled mailing for one precious Little
    • Donate $20 – the cost of our return address labels
    • Donate $30 – the cost of cheerful flat cards for one mailing
    • Donate $50 – the cost of address labels for one year
    • Donate $55 – the cost of one roll of stamps toward one mailing
    • Donate $57 – the cost of 1000 envelopes
    • Donate $130 – the cost of 1500 engaging stickers

Prayer for Children, Tweens & Parents

Prayer Pond • Your Safe Harbor for Prayer.

Chronic illness is hard. Finding and/or being a part of a community when your child or tween lives with chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, or disability can be even more challenging.

 

We invite you to the Prayer Pond, a safe harbor, where you can share your prayer request, praise, lament, suffering, loss, hope, grief, or joy. Each prayer ripples far beyond today and the boundaries of this hurting world.
 
We often we hear, “Prayer is the least I can do,” yet really, prayer is the most we can do … always and in all situations, and every time.

 

Check out our PARENTING page for additional resources.

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