Above photo: Bright House Networks employee volunteer “elf” Erica Santos helps unload gifts at Hope and Help Center.
“It’s awesome, just awesome,” said Hope and Help Center Development Director June Ings as she saw ten gift-filled Bright House Networks work vans and trucks being unloaded by Bright House Networks employee volunteers at the Center in Winter Park, Florida today.
For the 11th year, Bright House Networks employees bought, wrapped, and earmarked hundreds of toys and more than 100 bicycles for more than 300 local needy children served by two community organizations.
Hope and Help Center, which assists children of AIDS and HIV-affected families in Central Florida, was the first stop for the volunteers as they filled an entire conference room almost floor-to-ceiling with gifts bought from wish lists that the client children had submitted earlier. The gifts will be given to each of the children in time for Christmas.
“We appreciate so much what the Bright House Networks employees do to make this possible,” said Marilyn Carifi, Executive Director of Hope and Help Center. “They are exceptional in every respect.”
“It’s good to give back,” said one of the Bright House Networks volunteers, wearing a Santa hat as he carried in an armload of gifts that reached above his head. “These are especially deserving kids and families.”
The next stops on the annual gift-giving tour included seven Orange County Elementary Schools on Dec. 11, where similar wish-lists had been submitted by needy students being assisted by social workers for Orange County Public Schools. Bright House Networks employees from around the company’s Central Florida region helped make the program a success by going shopping so they could buy and donate the specific items the students requested.
“At each school, the Principal and staff were on hand and could not believe the generosity of the Bright House Networks employees,” said Gary Walsh, Senior Manager-Support Services and an employee volunteer who has led the project each of its 11 years. “The children that we help have very difficult home situations and in most cases the gifts provided by the employees are the only ones they would receive during the holiday.”
Just like Santa, the Bright House Networks employee volunteers are already looking forward to next Christmas, even as they finish up their 2012 deliveries…
Have you been involved in a holiday gift-giving project for children where you work or worship?
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