PHOTO 1 CAPTION: For the eighth consecutive year, PowerSouth employees like (L to R) Lisa Veasey, Amy Colvin, Lisa Cravey and Lisa Haney donated their time and money to help 100 area children enjoy a brighter Christmas season by participating in the Community Christmas program.
PHOTO 2 CAPTION: (L to R) DeAndra Pyron, Anna Stephens and Victor Wyatt acted as volunteer bell ringers in support of the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign on Dec. 20.ANDALUSIA, ALA.– For PowerSouth’s headquarters employees, the spirit of giving is alive and well this Christmas season.
Through participation in the Andalusia Community Christmas program and the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign, PowerSouth employees shared holiday cheer with those less fortunate.
For the eighth year, PowerSouth employees provided toys, clothing, diapers and other gifts through the Community Christmas program. This year, employees sponsored 100 children through Community Christmas, which allows qualifying families to receive assistance providing gifts for their children through the help of anonymous donors.
“I do it because of the ‘angels,’” said Lisa Veasey, T&D Support Specialist at PowerSouth. “I love children and think they all deserve to be happy and enjoy life to its fullest. I remember what it was like to see my kids’ eyes on Christmas morning and want all kids to experience that joy and excitement.”
According to Andalusia Community Christmas officials, some 650 children were sponsored this year in Andalusia and surrounding communities. Due to economic struggles affecting many throughout the area, the assistance is well received by the families involved.
Employees also celebrated the season by providing volunteer “bell-ringers” for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle collection buckets at Andalusia Walmart.
The 16 participants rotated one-hour shifts at each of the two Walmart entrances, greeting customers and soliciting donations for the organization.
“It was heart-warming to see the willingness of people to help others,” said Victor Wyatt, PowerSouth Economic Development Funding Representative. “The small children that could not pass the kettles without making a contribution were the most fun. They could open their parents’ and grandparents’ hearts and wallets for contributions.”
According to the Salvation Army, 83 percent of donations are used to fund programs assisting the aged, lonely, ill, poor and disadvantaged. All of the contributions made in Covington County are used to assist the residents of this area.
“What a blessing to see people that have such generous hearts and are willing to share,” said Benny Jo Sasser, Buyer I in PowerSouth’s Procurement Services Department, and a Red Kettle Campaign volunteer.
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