Yesterday my inbox harvested a couple sets of photos from different corners of our company; both highlighted good things our people are doing in their communities.
The first comes from “Philly Dan” Snyder, service tech at ARI’s Houston Call Center. You might remember the Houston operation’s connection with the Special Olympics; PIE advocate Kayla Ferguson first alerted us to that outreach. Well, Philly Dan has taken that relationship to new heights – literally. As part of a fundraising effort by the Special Olympics, Dan and a number of other folks demonstrating questionable judgment rappelled 20 stories down the face of the Embassy Suites Downtown Houston. For those of you doing the math, that’s about 200 feet in the air. All told the day raised $1,900 for Special Olympics Texas.
Dan has a good rapport with the special athletes, who know him as “Cheesesteak” and “Motorcycle Man”. When he sent the photos Dan apologized for not having a “best side” for the photographer — though that’s a pretty impressive beard, Dan — but it’s obvious to me that his best side is what’s inside.
Meanwhile, Steward Financial Service’s Brenda Gonzalez sent me some photos from her church, Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal MI Fuego Celestial – or Celestial Fire Church to us unlettered non-Spanish speakers. The Camden, NJ church runs a food pantry, and this past Saturday they orchestrated a special Thanksgiving event, distributing food to 175 families, including turkeys, produce, canned goods, and fresh, homemade soup. Brenda put together this collage:
In December, the church will be run two more special holiday events. In the first, “A Gift for You”, the church will distribute food and toys to needy neighborhood families. The second is even more ambitious, and focuses on the needs of the homeless: over the course of a day, members will give every homeless person three hot meals, warm showers, new coats and other warm clothing, and hair cuts and styling by local professionals.
Many of us are not content with the world as it is, but Dan and Brenda are taking steps to leave it a little better.