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Friday, December 23, 2011

What Christmas is Really About

Yale Enforcement Services Inc, was generous enough to give each Branch $200 to pick up food items to donate to their local food pantry.  Metropolitan Ministries is one of the largest for homeless families in the Tampa Bay area and they have sponsor companies that match every food and toy donation made by other companies and individuals.  This is the time of year that we all should always think of the less fortunate, so I extended the offer to my staff in the Tampa Branch to also contribute and any money collected would be used to purchase toys for the kids, and would be delivered along with the food. 
The great thing about Metropolitan Ministries is that they constantly update their website with the most needed items, so you can be sure what you give does truly make a difference.  They were extremely short of turkeys, stuffing, canned yams, canned fruit and had nothing for over 4500 teens aged 10 -17.  When most people purchase toys for donations, we tend to always think of the little kids and buy those sort of toys, but unfortunately, most older kids and teens are overlooked and don’t get anything.  I am proud to say that as a result of the donations made today, we made a difference in many family’s lives for the holidays.  Thanks to Barbara and Rick Yale, we were able to give 8 large turkeys, 32 boxes of stuffing, 36 large cans of yams and 36 large cans of fruit cocktail.  Thank you to those in the Tampa office who contributed and we were able to provide 5 basketballs, 5 footballs, 3 full size skateboards, several perfume/cologne/body lotion sets, 2 boys watches, 2 girls watches, several necklace and earring sets and several make up kits also valued at $200.  As a result of the matching contributions from their partner companies, this equates to a total donation of $800. 
Again, I thank Barbara and Rick and everyone involved in the Tampa Office.  Helping those less fortunate is truly what this time of year should be about and it warms my heart to think of the difference we made for many families and their older kids this holiday season.  Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanza and Happy New Year to all!!!! 

Lori Morrow,
Regional Manager- Region 5

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