by Denise Jacks
At PCI, we take our commitment to the students we serve seriously. You may have seen our management dunking booth to benefit the Down Syndrome Association of San Antonio. (There is no photographic evidence of past shenanigans in support of the special needs community – but yours truly will do everything to change that from now on.)
So, every year around the Holidays we work with a local organization to provide gifts to kids and adults with special needs. It just seems like a natural extension to what we do everyday.
Participation in this annual campaign is always swift and certain. Every individual wish was spoken for – within the first 8 hours. Then, the wish list items started to come back – a dremel tool, a DVD, a Tinkerbell t-shirt, etc. and so on. Tons of great gifts poured in, many I wouldn’t mind receiving myself – I have been known to enjoy a good bathrobe or complete Disney bedding ensemble in my day.
This year, we all received a special gift from one of our long-time employees. Robert, who works in our warehouse, was shopping for teddy bears for a local hospital where his daughter spent a good deal of time – and thought about the campaign for adults with special needs here at work.
The result was nothing less than pure joy for all involved – along with 30 bears for a local children’s hospital, Robert brought in a HUGE box of 30 bears for our adults with special needs.
The entire office was abuzz – anyone who walked by asked, “Where did all these bears come from?” Many bears were scooped up and hugged as we told them the story of Robert’s generosity. You see, working in the warehouse, Robert doesn’t make a ton of money – but he always manages to think of others before himself. A very admirable quality that, I am happy to say, I find in many of my colleagues here at PCI.
Warmest Wishes for the Holiday Season from PCI Education!