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