With the holiday season in full swing, Hallmark Business Connections is reflecting on what is most important this season: giving to those in need. One of our company’s annual initiatives supports Feeding America, a leading domestic hunger-relief charity. To find out what other organizations are doing during the holiday season, we tapped the world’s largest source repository, Help-a-Reporter, and posed simple question:
How is Your Organization Paying It Forward This Holiday Season?
The responses were abundant, and hard to select just a few, but here are five organizations paying it forward this holiday season through their unique and notable acts of giving.
The FruitGuys is a sustainability-focused company that delivers farm-fresh fruit and veggies to offices, homes and schools nationwide. This holiday season, they are feeding thousands of less fortunate through their Donate-A-Crate initiative. Instead of canceling office or home delivery during the holiday weeks, Donate-A-Crate encourages clients to donate their fruit to a charitable organization. Last holiday season, customers supported the initiative by donating 232 crates (more than 8,000 pieces of fruit) to 22 organizations nationwide! And 2012 is shaping up to be a record-breaking year.
Royal OakHomes, an award-winning residential new homebuilder, is paying it forward through Operation: Coming Home. The initiative builds and donates homes for disabled combat veterans who have served in the Middle East. The mission of this project is to aid a local military service member who was severely wounded in combat by fulfilling his/her family’s desire to live the American Dream of home ownership. Building for this year’s Hero Home began in August and the family moved into their new home on December 10, just in time for the holidays.
Simple Self Defense for Women teaches women and children nationally how to prevent, avoid and escape from a potential attack/attacker. For the second year, it is working with the Chief of Police in Daytona Beach, Florida to give back to the community. Using confiscated drug money to fund the program, the Simple Self Defense for Women is teaching free training sessions to women in the community. As an added bonus, community members attending the free class bring in non-perishable food items, toys, etc., which are then donated to families in need, identified by police officers. A win/win situation for everyone involved, their goal is to continue the campaign nationally and reduce the number of abductions against women and children.
BuildASign views giving back to the community a core part of their company culture, and this holiday season was no exception when its entire company of more than 220 employees participated in an event called CANville. Not your typical canned food drive, CANville encouraged employees to bring in non-perishable food items and build a famous landmark out of the cans. Structures ranged from the Empire State Building to the Capitol Building. A representative from the Austin Capital Area Food Bank awarded first place to Team MunchCANS for its creation of the Emerald City of Oz, entitled, “We’re not in CANsas anymore.” All employees were winners, as the company donated more than 3,000 non-perishable food items to the Capital Area Food Bank.
Nurse Next Door is a private duty home care franchise system with more than 60 locations across North America. Its Home for the Holidays program allows people across North America to submit their own entry or an entry for a loved one to receive complimentary home care for two days, transportation and any other necessities for a great Christmas. Since thousands of hospital bound seniors don’t get to spend Christmas with their families due to medical conditions or their families living far away, this contest allows Nurse Next Door to help families have a holiday season with their loved ones that they otherwise may not have been able to have. In the past, employees have fought blizzards and snow storms to make the contest viable and provide meals, housekeeping, holiday decorating, medical care and more.