Friday, December 02, 2005

Sweet Charity

As promised, some pics from the atrium of my office building. As I had said on a previous post, Social Services from the area compiles a list of underprivileged children in the area along with their "wish list" for Christmas. You can specify if you'd like a young child or a teenager. Some kids are very generic on their "wish list" and only ask for a sweater or Eagles sweatshirt. Others are very specific about the toy or CD they want.

Those employees who choose to participate can choose one, two or however many children they want to purchase gifts for. There's always a dollar limit, but I don't think anyone stays within the limit. I think the employees have as much fun with this as the kids do in getting their gifts!

Often when people come into our building for one reason or another think we're having a gift swap amongst the employees. I love to take the time to explain to them what we are doing. It really does make a person feel good!

I have a friend in the Philadelphia area that is a Social Worker. Past Christmases she has been responsible for distributing the gifts received from a company that has done a similar project. She said it's very rewarding to be able to give these kids gifts and the parents are thrilled too.

Photographs courtesy of my coworker John Heckert...thanks! Nice job!


InterstellarLass said...

Wow! That is so amazing! I don't know that I've ever seen so many gifts. And to think they're all donated. Very special.

mysrey said...

nice pics, i feel blessed to work for a company that at least cares about people. and, you know we (our unit) are the only people in the company who has this view everyday. pretty cool.

Coyote Mike said...

it makes me want to go out and give something to someone. Just have to find the right willing girl and "give it to her" :D

you said...

I like your tree

MarkD60 said...

It sounds like more fun to buy gifts for strangers than people you know.