These articles were originally published in The Eagle Eye News, Second Quarter 2016.
We are proud of every one of our associates for taking time out of their day to help their communities and serve others. Recently, two of our service centers completed projects in their community, and here are their stories!
El Paso Serves The Ronald McDonald House
On April 9th, 35 volunteers from the El Paso Service Center cooked a homemade fajita dinner for the families who are living at the Ronald McDonald House in El Paso.
The Ronald McDonald House organization consists of 356 houses which are located all over the country and provide the families of children facing severe medical issues with a home away from home. The Ronald McDonald House provides these families with a room, kitchen with full pantry, laundry room as well as a playroom for any small children. Although the families stay free of charge they must prepare their own meals.
As a group, we felt we could serve them best by giving them a break from their everyday stresses of trying to manage their lives after spending the day at the various hospitals. We decided to spoil them for a day and served them a hearty fajita dinner which included baked potatoes with all the fixings, baked beans, corn on the cob, nachos, and hot dogs. To top it all off, we served a delicious Southeastern cake that was made especially for the occasion. All of the guests appeared delighted and grateful for our gesture and the opportunity to visit with us one-on-one.
The 35 volunteers were a combination of Southeastern associates and members of their families of all ages who wore special t-shirts that read “We are here to serve.” There were more than enough to cater to these deserving families. Although we were only there for a couple of hours it was gratifying to see just how much it meant to each of these families for us to be there and allow them for once to sit back, relax and enjoy the special attention we came to provide.
We first became exposed to the Ronald McDonald house three years ago when we started providing items for their Thanksgiving dinner and at Christmas time our associates would adopt members of the various families and donate gifts for the kids. This has been a very satisfying relationship for all of us.
Greenville Serves Pendleton Place
The Greenville service center recently participated in a Southeastern Serves project at the Pendleton Place in downtown Greenville.
The Pendleton Place is a non-profit organization serving vulnerable children, young adults, and families so they can have a brighter future. Their vision is a community where children are safe, families are strong, and victims become whole again.
When we met with them this past March, they expressed the need to have their playground revamped with certified mulch and a new barrier. According to their agency director Jed Dews, they wanted to have a safe area because “every foster child in Greenville County plays on that playground.”
On Saturday, May 21st, 31 people from the Greenville service center helped with our second project at the Pendleton Place. Our team included leadership, P&D Drivers, freight handlers, and a few family members and friends. We were able to spread out 95 yards of certified mulch on the playground, repair some minor hazards, and install a barrier so the mulch would not wash away.
Our team enjoyed a great day of fellowship while helping our community at the same time. We look forward to participating in our next Southeastern Serves project so others can have a brighter future.