When employees in our SOC wanted to give back to the community this holiday season, they turned to a very worthy organization – Toys For Tots. Toys for Tots is a charity run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve that collects new, unwrapped toys, and distributes them to children who may not have anything to open on Christmas.
The toy drive was organized by Crew Scheduling Manager Stephani Mayhall, who was looking for something the SOC could do as a group to benefit those who are less fortunate. “It’s important to remember, especially during this time of year, that there are people who aren’t as well off as we are,” she said. “We’re employed, but those who aren’t may need help, and we wanted to get involved.”
Crew Scheduling Department Coordinator Heather Brown has been volunteering with Toys for Tots for years, and suggested to Stephani that the SOC hold a toy drive benefiting the organization. “I’ve been involved with Toys For Tots events since I was in high school,” Heather explains. “When I was in junior ROTC, I helped collect money so that we could buy toys to donate. I’ve also helped Toys For Tots wrap presents that have been donated.”
It’s often hard for SOC employees to take part in fundraising activities at GoJet headquarters, because those activities usually occur during daytime business hours from 9-5. The SOC is a 24 hour operation, and many employees work nights. Stephani and Heather wanted to make it very easy for everyone to participate, so they set up a large collection box in the SOC, where gifts could be dropped off at any time.
In addition to appreciating how convenient it was to participate, employees were also very enthusiastic about helping out a charity affiliated with the Marine Corps. “People here really appreciate our military,” Heather explained. “Many of our employees are are former military, so this really resonated with them. “People really got into it,” Stephani added, “and we plan to bring this back again next year!”
The toy drive was a big success, bringing in nearly 70 toys for Toys for Tots. Stephani and Heather are already planning on doing it again next year!
Christmas is just five days away, but the Marine Corps Reserve is still collecting toy donations. Click here to learn more.