Project Joy Honors Pat Plys

Posted at: 11/12/2012 4:35 PM
Updated at: 11/12/2012 5:49 PM

When Laura Plys heard that children in the Northland were going home from school without having enough to eat over the weekend, she knew she had to do something.

So she and a few friends have organized something called Project Joy. Project Joy will provide backpacks full of food to needy kids, so they'll have enough to eat over the weekend.

The name comes from her late husband, Duluth Hall of Famer Patrick Plys. Pat Plys died in January after a 17-year battle with brain cancer. But he never let his illness get him down. And his message of, "I choose joy," was the inspiration for the name of the campaign.

"As a family, we knew we wanted to do something in Pat's memory. With five kids, and a new grandbaby, I wanted them to know that legacy. To have a love for serving others, and have a vision to see people who are in need," Laura added.

The goal of this campaign is to raise $50,000, to fill 14,300 weekend packs of food for kids in Duluth. There are already similar programs in Superior and the Iron Range.

There's a kickoff for Project Joy coming up on Friday, at the Duluth Curling Club, from 7pm-11pm.

Tickets are $20.

Because of the Christmas City of the North Parade, you may have to get into the DECC around the backside, until the parade is over.

There are other ways to help. Donations can be made online at www.northernlakesfoodbank.org.