A Holly, Jolly GCSS: Holiday Party 2010 (Special Thanks to Victoria’s Secret)

by Eric Pudalov, Community Events Coordinator (with contributions from Amanda Duckworth, Community Relations Associate)

Victoria's Secret Logo

On Tuesday, December 7, 2010, we here at GCSS held our annual Holiday Party for the people we serve.  Our office, for the moment, became a winter wonderland, where you might even say magical things were able to take place.

And this year, GCSS weren’t celebrating by themselves; this particular event was a successful collaboration of efforts between The Excitement Committee, the marketing department, a local business, and a board member.

A bit more about the Holiday Party: each year, GCSS organizes this event specifically for our individuals who have little or no family involvement. Yvette Peavy, formerly with Wal-Mart, is now with Victoria’s Secret, and contacted GCSS to see if they could “give back” this holiday season.  We told them about the efforts of the Excitement Committee, and they jumped at the opportunity to help.

Yvette and her team arrived with 6 carloads of gifts, food, desserts, and cheerful employees ready to make the holiday special for our individuals.  10 members of the VS team served food and delivered gifts.

Also of note: jolly old St. Nicholas, hardworking man that he is, was gracious enough to make an early stop at our party (pre-Christmas, that is) in order to help fulfill the holiday wishes of some of the people we serve.  They had the chance to sit on Santa’s lap and, in true Christmas tradition, tell him what they wished for this holiday season.  Thanks for popping in, Santa!

This couldn’t have come at a better time for both the individuals and the staff at GCSS.  The teamwork from everyone made this “early Christmas” celebration a beautiful one.


About gcsscommunity

My name is Eric Pudalov, and I work as Community Events Coordinator with Georgia Community Support and Solutions, whose mission is to provide creative, life-enriching solutions to people with developmental disabilities and their families. I became interested in this field, however, due to having a disability myself; namely, I had brain surgery in 1996 at age 14, to remove a benign tumor. Following this, I had many difficulties with short-term memory, loss of strength, confusion, and emotional control. Fortunately, at present, I've recovered much of what I'd lost. Despite some setbacks, I graduated high school with honors, and received an academic scholarship to Adelphi Univ., where I earned a BA in Communications. Since then, I've held a number of different jobs and internships, among them a TA position at Sylvan Learning Center, and work as a "Service Leader" with Hands on Atlanta. Since living in GA, I've also been involved with two programs (including GCSS) that serve people with disabilities. My experience has included sharing apartments with adults with autism and other disorders. Though my so-called "limitations" may differ from those of others in the program, these experiences have helped me to realize that people, overall, are capable of much more than we may at first perceive. Search Engine Submission - AddMe
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