Our Founder - Margaret Jackson
When I lost my son Richard (RJ) Jackson in an accident in 2010 I had two options. One option was to fall into depression, wallow in self pity and spend a lifetime anguishing over the unfairness of such a tragedy. The second option was to mourn, but at the same time celebrate Richard and the joy he brought to me and the people around him.
I chose to do the second. I turned my pain and loss into joy and hope for others, and RJ Smiles, Inc. was born. The name was chosen because Richard (RJ) was known for his genuine, infectious and contagious smile. When he smiled negatives were turned into positives. I was determined to continue this legacy and to help individuals dealing with negative situations or challenges, move forward in a positive manner. My goal is to bring smiles to the faces of others and help make dreams come true.
In addition to being the founder of RJ Smiles, I am an educator and speaker who works with women's groups focusing on managing grief, empowerment, conquering life's challenges and rediscovering your dreams.
RJ Smiles, is a small organization doing big work in the community. We are able to do this because of our great volunteers and supporters. Our volunteers include a wonderful, dedicated and talented Board of Directors. These individuals work tirelessly to create smiles, share happiness and inspire dreams.
Board of Directors:
Jackie Ivey, Teresa Simms and Kevin Stafford (not pictured)
RJ Smiles is committed to helping foster happiness, hope and possibilities in the lives of others by working to spread smiles and support dreams throughout the community. Throughout our lives we are sometimes confronted with things that affect our ability to continue and move forward in the way initially planned. Sometimes our original dreams are no longer possible. Our lives...our dreams must be revamped and given a second chance. At RJ Smiles, we help individuals who have had a major setback or loss, to smile, reclaim hope and rediscover their dreams.
Our SMILE BOX and BAGS are one of the most common ways of bringing about smiles. This is given to someone with the intention of bringing a smile to their face. What is in the box or bag is always a surprise, but guaranteed to bring about smiles.
In addition to working with individuals, we also assist companies and organizations with their work in helping individuals get back on their feet, take the next steps and achieve their dreams.