December 21, 2009 09:56 ET

AJWright's "Gift of Happy" Transforms Children's Lives This Holiday Season

Retailer Gives $1 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America for Every Video View

FRAMINGHAM, MA--(Marketwire - December 21, 2009) - AJWright is extending happiness beyond shopping bags and sales this holiday season with the heartwarming video, "The Gift of Happy." For each view of "The Gift of Happy" on, AJWright will donate $1 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

"The Gift of Happy" is an inspirational story told through the unique art of shadow puppetry and features current children and staff of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus. The children helped create the shadow images used to tell the story of "Happy the Bear" and his journey toward self-acceptance.

"'The Gift of Happy' is a timeless holiday story that resonates with everyone, regardless of their background, and conveys a universal message of staying true to oneself," said Kathy Clair, AJWright assistant vice president of marketing. "We're simply asking people to be inspired and watch the video as a way to make their own charitable contribution this year."

World-renowned shadow master Bob Stromberg played an integral role in bringing this project to life. He cheerfully taught the art of shadow puppetry to the children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus. Throughout the making of "The Gift of Happy," the children transformed into master puppeteers and, more importantly, confident individuals.

"What transpired during the shadow puppet workshops was truly magical," said Rebecca Asmo, Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus director of development. "This project has provided the children from our club a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and AJWright has helped reinforce the message that anything is possible when one is given the opportunity."

One click is all it takes to change the lives of children this holiday season. To view "The Gift of Happy," simply visit and $1 will be donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The video can also be viewed on YouTube and Facebook.

About AJWright

The TJX Companies, Inc. is the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide. The Company operates 889 T.J. Maxx, 820 Marshalls, 324 HomeGoods, and 149 A.J. Wright stores in the United States. In Canada, the Company operates 208 Winners, 79 HomeSense and 3 STYLESENSE stores, and in Europe, 262 T.K. Maxx and 14 HomeSense stores. TJX's press releases and financial information are also available on the Internet at

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has been changing and saving young lives, providing hope and opportunity for kids who need them most. Today, some 4,300 Clubs serve 4.5 million young people ages 6-18 years old through Club membership and community outreach. Known as The Positive Place for Kids, Boys & Girls Clubs can be found all across the country and on U.S. military bases throughout the world. Key Boys & Girls Club programs emphasize leadership development; education and career exploration; community service; financial literacy; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and family outreach. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Ashley Sanders
    SBC Public Relations
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    Kathy Clair