December 21, 2020
Making spirits bright during the holiday season, local GSF Foundation committees across the U.S. have adopted families and organized donations for neighbors in need. From California and Texas to Alabama and North Carolina, volunteers across the U.S. have generously given of their time, talent, and treasure to make the holidays a little merrier for children and families.
“Volunteers have opened their hearts and put their hands to work to spread the joy and generosity of the season throughout their communities,” said Tess McAnena, GSF Foundation Executive Director. “I’m inspired by the support our Foundation committees have made possible through our associates’ personal involvement and financial contributions, as so many families continue to struggle with economic hardships, food insecurity, and ongoing uncertainty.”
At GSF’s global headquarters in Irvine, California, corporate and IT associates supported an adopt-a-family program through SPIN (Serving People in Need) this month and made Thanksgiving meal grants to two nonprofits in November. Supporting local Salvation Army Angel Tree programs, QCD Fontana’s GSFF committee provided toys and new clothing for 100 local children, while the QCD Los Angeles Foundation sponsored toy donations for 30 children.
In Charlotte, North Carolina, QCD volunteers rolled out the gift wrap and rolled up their sleeves to donate more than 100 gifts for children and teens through a partnership with Nations Ford Elementary School. Additionally, Charlotte GSFF volunteers delivered a catered meal in mid-December for 60 children at The Relatives Youth Crisis Center.
For their second annual Hot Shots For Hope holiday season donation, QCD San Antonio associates teamed up to coordinate gift donations for Boysville, a nonprofit children's home and shelter. Partnering with Angels in the Attic, KanPak Kansas associates and their families volunteered to shop, wrap, and deliver toys, shoes, clothes, games, fishing gear, camping gear, high chairs, diapers, and more for 193 local children.
Last month, GSF volunteers in Opelika, Alabama packed food donations for the Food Bank of East Alabama to distribute to neighbors in need in the local community. Associates from QCD’s corporate headquarters in Texas collected and donated more than 2,100 canned and non-perishable food items to Frisco Family Services Food Pantry for Thanksgiving meals and more.