Holiday Cheer: Giving Back to Our Community during the Holidays
The tree is decorated, presents are wrapped, the Hanukkah lights are lit- however you may have it, the traditions you have in place to celebrate the upcoming holidays, have already been started. You’re eager to spend time with your family; capturing their smiles as gifts are exchanged and maybe not so eager for the extra pounds you’re destined to put on due to food overload. But, imagine the holidays where none of this could be possible?
This holiday season, CGI NJ made it a point to give back. In just 2 short weeks, we were able to organize a successful toy and food drive, where contributions were donated to the Rutherford Community Pantry and The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, in Hackensack. It was imperative that we gave back to our community and patients nearby, rediscovering how simple acts of kindness can leave a grand impact.
The Rutherford Community Pantry’s mission is to maintain services and each visitor’s dignity, by offering choices for personal needs and keeping all individuals registered free from hunger. The Pantry has 174 households registered for its services, totaling 365 persons.
In CGI’s efforts to build stronger relationships within our local community, the employees involved developed a morale of enjoyment as well. Our staff was able to donate 5 boxes full of canned goods, ranging from crackers and cookies to tea bags and laundry detergent.
The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, in Hackensack, provides comprehensive medical and surgical pediatric care in more than 30 specialties and is a full institutional member of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions.
Most holiday seasons, CGI’s scientists, technicians and doctors are still working to further discover advanced personalized cancer treatments. Our patients give us purpose and our toy drive was a reminder that, patients are people too, who will be spending this holiday season in the hospital, fighting to get healthier.
Both donation incentives aided in cultivating a positive company culture about giving back to our community. While we’re all enthusiastic about the holidays, anticipating precious time with our families- some patients and local community members might find it difficult to come out of the holiday season, happy. Giving back to our community and nearby patients was a way to share our cheer, in hopes to make someone else’s holiday a bit more delightful.