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December Community Outreach: Angel Tree

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This Christmas morning, 95 local children will wake up to gifts donated by employees at Hanover Research and delivered by the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program.  2014 marked Hanover’s second year partnering with this personalized holiday assistance program, and we were thrilled to see our impact more than double to reach 95 children this year! According to Angel Tree, ours will be the only presents some participating children receive this year. Researcher Michael Searway reflects, “It’s crazy to me that we have so many families in need in our nation’s capital. It’s great to be able to help out a little.

It only took three weeks for the 90+ Hanover volunteers (some in pairs and small groups) to choose their sponsor child(ren), brave the holiday shopping chaos, and fill the office hallways with bicycles, dolls, cribs, car seats, school supplies, games, toys, and warm clothing. Office Manager Ashley Richardson, who helped Kim Tracy organize this opportunity, says, “It was absolutely great seeing everyone come together to go above and beyond to support such a wonderful cause and help local children during the holidays.” It took two trips and a big truck to deliver all the gifts from Hanover to the Salvation Army.

Several remote employees went the extra mile to participate in the Angel Tree Program, demonstrating the Hanover spirit of volunteerism, social impact, and generous giving.  “We make giving to those in need a tradition this time of year, and that is extremely rewarding to me personally. It is an important lesson I want to teach my daughter,” says St. Louis-based researcher Jessica Schieble. “I really appreciate this opportunity to make the holidays a bit more special for the children I sponsored.”

A positive and heartwarming experience for everyone involved, Hanover’s partnership with Angel Tree will likely continue to thrive and grow in the years to come. Let’s keep  the children served by Angel Tree in our hearts and minds this holiday season as we celebrate with our families and loved ones.

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Natasha Kolar
Manager, Content Learning and Development

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