December 17th, 2012 by IX: Mike N.
The same team that’s been helping you with your sites is also helping children to have a happier holiday season!
For the third year in a row, IX Web Hosting participated in Franklin County Children Service’s annual Holiday Wish event. This charity doesn’t just donate to children in foster homes, but also to underprivileged families and orphans. What’s more, the kids actually get to choose the gifts they want, so rather than just picking from an assortment of random toys, they get exactly what they asked for.
For the second year in a row, Customer Relations (CR) Supervisor Robyn Mckee took lead as event coordinator and pseudo-santa. Much like last year, she planned a series of awesome fundraising events held throughout October and November.
We held a bunch of different fundraising events, like the Halloween Cook-Off (won by Cloud Sales rep Ken Long with his delicious cheeseburger soup), a Bake Sale, Movie Day, the annual Raffle, a Pancake Breakfast and even a Magic the Gathering Tournament.
All in all, our plan was to provide toys to 75 kids this year. However, we actually exceeded our fundraising goals enough to give gifts to 85 kids instead!
Robyn, Wil Jones, Dana Carey, and Chris Bates (all CR) then combed through the list of gifts the children had picked out. Kevin Mager (Oracle) helped make a spreadsheets to track bookkeeping for the various events as well as help divide up what gifts had been purchased and what gifts were still needed. After everything had been purchased, the grand total came to 160 toys!
Then, the big day. On Thursday, December 6th, we loaded up our donated fleet of SUV’s (Thanks to Tibi Ungureanu (Network Engineering), Dir. of CR Lisa Grice and VP of Operations Rick Gideon) and hit the road with Sr. Manager of CR Chris Testerman driving the pace car. When we arrived at the donation center, we were amazed at how many gifts they had. It was literally a warehouse stacked wall-to-wall with presents. It was beautiful to see just how much had been donated.
We look forward to Holiday Wish every year.. It doesn’t just benefit the children; it brings us closer together as a company, and brings us closer to our community.
We hope you have similar opportunities to help where you are. We’d love to hear about what you’re doing for the holidays in the comments.
Thanks for sharing the experience with us by reading. Happy Holidays!