Monday, December 12, 2011
Advent Calendar 2011 - Charitable/Volunteer Work
Over the years our family has been involved in several charitable activities. We have worked in soup kitchens, volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House and donated to food banks.
At my place of employment the staff has always given back to the community during the holidays. I have had the privileged to organizie several of these projects over the years.
One of the main events would be the holiday Adopt-A-Family program. We contact parents to acquire a list for each child. Then several of my co-workers and I go shopping for toys and clothing.
Also, we purchase a gift card for their local grocery store. This will ensure the family has a lovely dinner for the holiday table.
I am humbled by the generosity of these wonderful people! They make the entire event one of joyous giving.
Several years ago the county homeless shelter moved next door to our offices. Right away the worker bees in my office organized the gathering of supplies and food.
Once the holidays arrived everyone put on their thinking caps to come up with a new idea to help our neighbors.
Knowing our county is full of wonderful crafting people we sent out word for handmade scarves and hats. Before you knew it we received boxes upon boxes of knitted and crochet items!
It took our staff the entire afternoon to match up scarves with hats and place them in gift bags.
The program director was truly overwhelmed when seeing the response from our community. For many of us participating in the project seeing her face was the most precious gift!
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