During the busy holiday season, it’s so easy to get caught up in making sure you get the best deals and find the perfect presents that you often lose sight of the what’s really important. Here at True, we make a habit of taking some time to give back during the holidays through our Adopt-A-Family program.
Our 2019 goal was to adopt 5 families, a challenge for sure…but one we knew we could face together. In total, we “adopted” a family of 3 in Tempe, Arizona, a family of 4 in Tampa, Florida, two separate families in Chicago (both families of 4), we partnered with a third Chicago based organization to purchase over 45 toys for children in need, and purchased over 55 hats and 100 pairs of gloves for an organization in Memphis.
By the time all the items were brought in and wrapped we were overwhelmed, although not surprised, by the generosity our Team showed once again. We wanted to be able to cross off every single item on each family’s wish list, which we easily accomplished. Every child was given multiple new outfits, shoes, boots, coats, and several toys each. The parents were also given some clothes, shoes, and household necessities including pots & pans, brand new sheets and towels, Tupperware sets, etc. We even had enough donation money left over to purchase gift cards for the families to use for groceries and other household items down the road after the holiday excitement has worn off.
Our Adopt-A-Family campaign was the final piece of our “15 Years of Giving” year-long celebration. Throughout the year we hosted team trivia nights to raise awareness and money for different organizations, collected school supplies, cooked dinners for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, hosted representatives from different charitable organizations to share their mission, along with several other giving projects. Simply stated, it was quite a year.
We know our True Team is amazing…they show this every day in every way. One of the most amazing things is that they continue to far exceed our expectations, especially when it comes to giving. Our 2019 “15 Years of Giving” campaign was a wonderful reminder that while some things change, many things, like True’s culture of giving back, never will. As we come to the end of this year, we are very much looking forward to all of the giving opportunities 2020 has in store for the True Team!