Every year, I am amazed and proud when I see the many projects our employees participate in to bring a Blessed Christmas to those who would otherwise be left out in the cold – sometimes quite literally! Our employer-sponsored service projects change from year to year, but always they have a mission in mind of bringing cheer and joy, and sharing the spirit of Christ our Lord with those in need. Especially at this time of year, it means so much to be able to model the love of Jesus. Projects our folks are doing this year include:
Capitol Hill Nursing Home
Capitol Hill is a nursing home in the downtown area. Each Christmas they put up an Angel Tree for the residents. Each Angel contains a resident’s Christmas wish list. There are usually not more than one or two small items on the list, like lotion and/or slippers. Our employees “adopt” an angel and fill the resident’s wish list. Often, this is the only Christmas present or remembrance some of these residents receive. Our employee Theresa Perkins is leading this program.
We are blessed to have homes to go to with all kinds of conveniences; we enjoy these benefits without thinking about what is would be like to be homeless. Many homeless people face life without the hope of having a home, but we can give them some comfort by providing some of the necessities of life while they are out there. Things like blankets, warm-up suits, caps, gloves, jackets, and socks to keep them warm. Things like hygiene items to keep clean, and over-the-counter medicines to help with aches, pains, and cold symptoms. Friendship Mission gives refuge to the homeless, as well as hope through the teaching of God’s Word. If we help the poor, we are lending to the Lord, and He will repay you. Proverbs 19:17. Leading this drive is our own sweet Ms. Willa Carpenter.
In past years our staff has sponsored a wonderful Christmas party for the children at Adullum House, which provides a home, love and care for children whose parents are incarcerated. This year the kids voted to go on a trip to Gatlinburg instead of having presents. This will be the first time many of the children have been on a vacation or family trip. They are taking 57 kids and adults on this trip and asked if we could donate to their fund for food, kid activities, etc. “I can’t even begin to imagine how much it takes to travel with that many people … How many bathroom breaks, how many ‘Are we there yet?’” says program organizer Angela Talley. Money raised by the firm will be used to purchase a gift card to be used for groceries and other needs while on the trip.
United Cerebral Palsy Christmas Casual Day
Beasley Allen employees helped raise funds and awareness for United Cerebral Palsy of Central Alabama by participating in Christmas Casual Day on Dec. 13, 2013. For a $20 donation, employees received a t-shirt and could wear it with jeans on the designated day. The project was organized by Mandy Cook, for whom the effort is near and dear to her heart. Her son was diagnosed with diplegic cerebral palsy. Mandy says the doctors, nurses and office staff involved with the UCP organization are wonderful people who have made dealing with the disease an easier process.
Family Sunshine Center Thanksgiving
In addition to our many Christmas projects, we once again provided the ingredients for a full Thanksgiving dinner to six families from the Family Sunshine Center who needed our blessing. Employees donated non-perishable food products, or even donated a turkey or ham to fill the Thanksgiving tables of these families in need. The Family Sunshine Center provides a safe haven for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence. Angela Talley led this effort.
I am thankful for all our employees who work at this firm and for their desire to help others. Their outpouring of love and support for those in our community always touches my heart. Their generous support will brighten Christmas for lots of folks in the River Region.
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