For many people in the workforce Christmas is the time of year when your employer takes you to a decent restaurant where you hang out with your work buddies, exchange gifts with your "Secret Santa", and proceed to watch Sally in accounting have one too many Mojitos. While that may be the highlight of the year for some, I personally have never been a huge fan of it. That is why I was so excited to receive the email our boss sent out telling us that this year we were going to forego the normal party and partner with Sandals Church and Medical Office Services donate over 700 jackets to children in a socioeconomically disadvantaged area of town. However, it wasn’t just me that was excited, the response from everyone in the company was overwhelming. A lottery even had to be established to see who could represent the company at this give away.
Google did this same thing this year (albeit on a larger scale) by committing to donate 20 million dollars to charities instead of sending out their normal packs of mugs, t-shirts, flash drives, and digital picture frames. You can find more about what Google is doing here.
Needless to say last Friday me and a couple of my colleagues were able to partake in this awesome outreach and brought along the video and picture camera to share the story. My impressions and photos / video are below.
One of our fearless leaders Brian carrying jackets.
The whole group that was chosen from the lottery with a Kindgergarten class that just received their new jackets.
Our other two managing partners Ronnie and Tim enjoying handing out jackets.