Joe’s Family Reflects on His Big Heart



Remembering a Quad Cities Icon

‘Happy Joe’ Whitty remembered as pizza giant, philanthropist and Quad-City icon

Book donation to Shriners Children’s Hospital of Chicago


Happy Joe’s Kids Foundation donated our most recent BAM assortment of books to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital for distribution to the children staying at the hospital. Each year Books a Million customers donate books to causes such as HJKF which are then shared with kids with special needs. HJKF is happy to partner with the Shriners to spread some cheer among their special kids. If you know someone that needs assistance getting to the Chicago Hospital, please contact the Shriners at 800-670-5222.

See the Video of Books being sent to Shriners Children’s Hospital

Happy Joe's Book Donation to Shriners Hospitals






Shriners Children Hospital book donations







Medford Donates Books to Taylor County Literacy Council


Taylor Co Literacy Council Medford, WI

Hand in Hand

Hand In Hand was created by local Quad City parents to serve children and young adults with special needs. In addition we support the families of these children so that they can be successful at work and at home. Today Hand In Hand offers summer camps, childcare, a bowling league, overnights and even a Girl Scout Troop among its many program choices.
In addition, information about community resources is also available to parents regarding various disability issues. Learn More

Handicapped Development Center

The Handicapped Development Center supports those people with disabilities at work, at home, and in the community.

At HDC’s workshop, people learn work skills and are provided with a place where they can experience the dignity of doing real work and the pride of earning a paycheck. They can also receive the support they need to find and maintain a job in the community.
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Helping Kids with Special Needs Across America

Happy Joe’s Kids Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Happy Joe Whitty and his family to help meet the needs of special needs kids wherever they may be.

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Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities

The Children’s Therapy Center offers medical rehabilitation therapy services to children with developmental disabilities and developmental delays.

Over the years, thousands of individuals and their families have benefited from our services – regardless of their ability to pay for the services. Now, with a focus on young children, the Children’s Therapy Center is a major service provider for children and families throughout Western Illinois and Southeastern Iowa. Learn More