Did you know that the State of Georgia has over 11,500 children in foster care? Who wouldn’t want these children to experience the warmth and joy of the holidays? Especially if it’s as simple as gifting art supplies, games, or a karaoke machine that they’ve been dreaming about.
We know that if there’s any time to celebrate taking care of each other, it’s this holiday season. Kloeckner Metals, through its KloecknerCares program, is happy to give you an opportunity to shop the holiday wish list of Georgia’s foster children through its partner Angels Over Forsyth.
It’s been a few months since we’ve shared what KloecknerCares is up to. First, a quick refresher.
Kloeckner Metals established the KloecknerCares initiative three years ago. Committees were formed, partnerships with local charities began, and employees were encouraged to get involved through a paid time off policy for charitable contribution.
Each quarter, KloecknerCares offered 1 to 2 opportunities to donate time, goods, money, and services supporting local needs, fostering a company culture that celebrates giving back. Sometimes, this looked like hosting a book drive for local elementary schools, cleaning kennels at the Humane Society, or providing landscaping services for elderly people.
Each holiday season, KloecknerCares’ corporate office partners with Angels Over Forsyth, a community-driven, volunteer program that ensures children placed with non-parental caregivers receive their most hoped for gifts.
Ron Walker, Director of Quality and member of KloecknerCares’ founding committee, described how even though with remote work this holiday season looks different —the pandemic is more Grinch than Santa Claus—it’s all the more reason to create joy where we can.
Jenga, for example, is a game every child deserves to play. New socks and underwear, drawing materials, movies. When it comes to kids’ happiness over the holidays, this is an obvious yes, yes, and yes.
Employees will craft decorative cards with each child’s name and wish list, and place them on the office tree. This year, the angel tree features 8 to 10 items for 10 children in need. Employees can then purchase individual gifts for different kids, or choose one child in need and gift all the items on their list.
KloecknerCares knows that if we can learn just one thing from this pandemic, it’s that spreading joy is contagious.
How are you are giving back this holiday?
You can learn more about Angels Over Forsyth and register to become an angel.
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