Joyce Dumont

Story #30
Air Date: February 5, 2014

Seventy-eight-year-old Joyce Dumont has raised more than 69 children in her lifetime, and she’s still going strong. Showing no signs of slowing down any time soon, the retired nurse and her husband Buddy, along with their three adopted children, live in a modest home in Dunseith, ND that she inherited from her Native American ancestors. She drives a 1995 Buick and does not have a cell phone because the small amount she receives for her fixed income is used to care for her family.

Joyce lives in a poor rural area and adoption agencies like the AASK Adoption Program in Grand Forks, N.D., often call her when they have a foster child in need.

“Most kids, all they want to do is be safe and be loved and to belong,” said Joyce.

The National Council for Adoption reports there are over 100,000 children in foster care in the United States waiting to be adopted. NCFA President Chuck Johnson said, “If we have more people like Joyce we would reverse that waiting list.”

5-hour ENERGY Helps Amazing People surprised Joyce and her family on Thanksgiving Day with a $50,000 check. Joyce told us that for the first time in her life, she’ll be able to buy all of her children a Christmas present.

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5 Responses to Joyce Dumont

  1. Trip February 7, 2014 at 11:51 pm #

    An amazing and inspiring story! It is tiresome hearing of the daily misery & suffering and the poverty & crime all over the world. Especially when people like this woman demonstrate that one person can make a difference in so many lives around them.

    T.V. makes it sound as if there are more foster parents than children ready for placement in their emphasis on the “long waiting” process of the system. I also can’t understand why so many potential foster parents are turned down for adopting kids. Famed actress Angelina Jolie and pop singer Madonna are high profile cases of well to do women who have made their homes available to adopted kids and that is great. Yet it is equally, if not more inspiring to see a very ordinary woman of meager means that has devoted her life to saving these kids and giving them a nurturing home.

    Thank you 5 Hour Energy for taking notice of this woman and being so very generous for her cause, that speaks volumes for you.

  2. Albert Rodriguez February 9, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

    Is there an address where my family and others can send donations to Joyce Dumont to help her keep doing GOD’S work. We love her for what her husband and Joyce are doing with our kids. Thank you.

    • Janice Freeman February 15, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

      What a great idea! If nothing else, people could send donations to general delivery/ Joyce Dumont, Dunseith, ND.

  3. Tom February 10, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

    Joyce and her husband are very special people.

    I am glad 4 hour energy helps them. Your supporting Dumonts changed my view of your company greatly for the better and sets a fine example for us all to try to follow.

    Winners all around!

  4. Fatima James February 10, 2014 at 10:53 pm #

    This is a amazing story. Ms. Dumont deserves everything great. I have two children my self and when I hear about women raising more children then what I have, I need not to complain, but wether you have 2 or more, it still takes a village to raise children. God bless you and your family.

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