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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

McGladrey's Indiana Holiday Adoption Program

Written by Karen Wagner
HR Manager
Elkhart, IN

The McGladrey Elkhart & South Bend offices once again adopted 100 children for the holidays from a local behavioral center.  It is always amazing to witness the generosity and kindness from our employees to help make a child’s holiday a little bit brighter.  These are children that without our support probably would not have a present to open on Christmas morning. The center provides us with a wish list for each child which is written on a “mitten” for adoption. An employee can adopt a child by either taking a “mitten” and buying the gift or donating money and the “office elves” will purchase the gifts.  Due to the overwhelming giving, we had to limit each child to receive gifts worth a $25 value in order to keep the gift giving balanced. 

The gifts are all brought to the Elkhart office unwrapped.  The office then partakes in a fun filled pizza/gift wrapping party.  Since most children get at least two presents, that’s a lot of gifts to wrap! We had an abundance of money donated this year so in addition to the children’s gifts, we were able to donate a large quantity of mittens, hats, socks and popcorn tins to the center. It usually takes at least two large vehicles to deliver all the gifts to the center.  However, this year one of the partners volunteered to deliver them in his large SUV.  After the presents were carefully stacked in his vehicle, the only space left was the driver’s seat! 

Due to confidentiality reasons, we are not able to meet the children but they do send wonderful thank you notes that pull at your heart strings.  This program is truly an amazing way to give back to our community by making 100 children happy – that’s the true meaning of the holidays!

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