Here at ShareFile we have been running a Food, Toy and Clothing Drive to benefit various organizations throughout the area during the holidays. The drive started about two weeks ago, and I am excited to announce the final results.
We set up trees throughout the office for each category of donations- food, clothing, toys and also a money tree for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. It was great to see the trees being filled as the days passed by. Each time an employee donated to a particular tree, they received an ornament with their name on it to hang on the tree. They also placed their donated items under the tree.
For the food tree, we collected non-perishable food items to be donated to the Raleigh Branch of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, which service 13 counties in central North Carolina. In the counties served by the Raleigh branch, over 233,694 individuals are at risk for hunger; 79,990 of those are children and over 11% are 65 years and older. Together, ShareFile employees donated 554 cans to the Food Bank.
For the toys tree, we collected new and unwrapped toys to benefit the Salvation Army’s Christmas Cheer Campaign. Each year, a makeshift toy shop is temporarily set up during the month of December, and needy families have the opportunity to shop for free for their children. We were so grateful to have temporary toy shop in the office- some of the employees wanted to play with the toys under the tree! We collected 79 toys that were donated directly to the Salvation Army for children who may not receive toys during the holidays otherwise.
Next was our clothing tree. We partnered with Raleigh Rescue Mission to run a clothing drive. Prior to the drive, we learned that 11.5% of residents right in our neighborhood are living in poverty. We were on a mission to provide clothing for those less fortunate. Together we donated 125 large bags (each with over 25 items of clothing) to families faced with homelessness.
Our final tree was the money tree- there really was money growing on this tree! The money donated for the cause went directly to the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts. As a company we donated over $3,300 to support relief efforts, like food and hygiene kits for those affected by the storm.
It was really awesome to see employees rallying together to give freely of their resources to help those in need around us! Check out some pictures of our drive below. More pictures from the drive can be found on the ShareFile Facebook page.