This holiday season, Microsoft Store associates organized in-store volunteer events with local nonprofits to spread wonder and give back to their communities.
Together, Microsoft Store and their customers spent over 1,700 volunteer hours to create more than 3,500 various items for people and organizations in need.
These include activity kits, braille holiday cards, custom gingerbread people, and of course toys!
Here are just a few of the events Microsoft associates contributed to:
- Created Comfort Kits for the Homeless Alliance of Oklahoma City. Volunteers put together the kits by stuffing a pair of socks with personal care items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, body wash, razors, deodorant, and lip balm.
- Created activity books for children to play with while they wait for their doctor’s appointments for Children’s Health in Plano, TX.
- Partnered with Vanderbilt Children’s hospital to create door hangar kits. These activity kits are distributed each time a child is issued an overnight stay at the hospital, and allows them to customize their room.
- Sorted food items and assembled Thanksgiving care packages for distribution to local veterans in partnership with Island Harvest Food Bank. Volunteers, associates, customers, and Girls Scouts also wrote letters to veteran families which were then added to each care package.
- Created holiday cards for children and families living with HIV and AIDS in the St. Louis area in partnership with Project Ark.
Microsoft employees donated almost 2,000 hours of time to their charity efforts this year.
It’s not as much as Santa’s elves, but it’s nice to see companies getting in the holiday spirit by giving back to the community. Hopefully these employees earned some overpay and time off!