Update on the Holiday Cheer

The Wednesday CM Gang

The Wednesday CM Gang

We continue to share our experience at ForKids, because quite frankly it’s been incredible.  Last week was the favorite.  Since there were two different days in which CM employees went to ForKids, we split up into two groups.

That's a lot of Candylands...

That's a lot of Candylands...

From what I heard from the ForKids Coordinator, the “Wednesday Group” from CM had such a blast and was a great group.  Volunteers from Old Dominion University were also at the shop that day and I was told that everyone was laughing and really enjoyed being there.  MJ, Matt, Steve, Ashley and Nikki all went on Wednesday, while Liz and I volunteered on Friday.

While both of our groups had a great time, there was still plenty of work done.  With donations being delivered all week and families scheduled to come in all day, our employees kept busy stocking the shelves with toys and taking the families around.  Each of the ForKids families had vouchers with which they were allowed to purchase either 5 toys or up to $50.00 in toys per kid, whichever came first.  The shop was filled with all sorts of toys to include Barbie’s, Play-Doh, Hexbugs, Fur-Reals, Mr. Potato Heads (Mrs. as well), and a very large stack of CandyLand and Chutes and Ladders. Liz’s favorite, which she played with a lot, was the Sing a Ma Jigs.

Not only did we play with the toys and help the families shop; I wanted to take the time and actually learn more about the ForKids organization. After speaking with the Volunteer Coordinator, I learned that ForKids houses around 250 homeless families (all with children) in their shelters and homes throughout Hampton Roads.  They earn their vouchers by helping out around the house with chores or by applying for a job.

Embarrassing? Yep.

Embarrassing? Yep.

ForKids believes in helping these families in every possible way, and being able to help with this organization has truly been an incredible experience.  ForKids and other businesses throughout Hampton Roads ensured that this upcoming weekend, over 800 children will be able to open gifts Christmas morning.

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