This post was written by our newest Graco blog contributor, Anne Wallace. The HR Generalist for Graco, Anne is carefully juggling a full-time career, a husband and one VERY active little toddler and loving the journey along the way.
Looking at the photos from our most recent community service event, you might not know that Saturday the 11th was the coldest (and windiest!) day of the year and this comes after just days after I wore flip flops and a t-shirt – in January! Instead, in these pictures you’ll see our team of volunteers hard at work and our community members who we were able to happily serve that day — along with their appreciative smiles.
Last weekend, a team of 40 Graco volunteers partnered with K.I.D.S (Kids In Distressed Situations) and Caring for Others here in Atlanta to donate 500 products to individual families and agencies all around Georgia who are in need of life’s basic necessities and the gear that keeps their children safe. In addition to helping provide community members in need with products, a team of Graco’s Child Passenger Safety Technicians, joined by the Atlanta Police and Fire Department, helped to properly install and buckle in each child that was provided with a car seat. It was a tremendous event!
Graco’s General Manager, Laurel Hurd, participated in the event and had this to say: “K.I.D.S and Caring for Others are such incredible organizations, and we’re proud to be a part of the great work that they do. Child safety is our top priority, so it was a natural fit to get involved with Child Safety Day. We hope the new strollers and car seats will help make it a little easier for these families to care for their children each day.”
Graco strives to continually touch the lives of children and families and believes that every family deserves to have access to safe children’s products. I was so proud to be a part of the team – the way they rallied, worked, and CARED. Personally, it was a welcome reminder of one of the reasons I was so excited to join this business back in September. This is a team of people, no matter what their job is within the company, who have passion for others. All of these people work really (really!) hard during the week, and for them to give up their free time on the weekend to volunteer was truly humbling. I can’t wait to see what else we can and will do…