Yeah, we all know consumerism is a bit out of control these days…especially at Christmas, which is why we aspired to do something out of the ordinary for our annual Hampton Christmas party. By corporately joining forces, our mission was to demonstrate extraordinary acts of kindness and giving to those in need.
The concept was simple: Divide into teams, pick a worthwhile cause, and then creatively generate as much good (charity, donations) as possible within 3 hours.
Team One decided to focus their fundraising efforts on Crisis Pregnancy Outreach, an organization whose mission encompasses compassion toward young mothers and their children, free of charge. The team turned to friends, family, and one local restaurant (Thank you, Chick-Fil-A!) and raised approximately $3,700 in cash donations, gift cards, and maternity clothing items.
“The experience was awesome,” said Kris Oakes. “It’s always great to be able to come together as a team and help others in need. We chose Crisis Pregnancy Outreach because it’s an organization we are close to and that a few of our friends have been involved with for several years.”
Team Two raised over $2,500 in cash donations, gifts and services for a local family who had recently experienced a job lay-off and were really struggling to make ends meet, let alone provide Christmas gifts for their three boys ages 3, 4 and 7. Needless to say, screams of excitement and tears of joy filled the room when Jordan Egstad delivered bundles of wrapped Christmas presents and cash donations to the family on Christmas Eve.
Team Three raised approximately $1,500 in cash donations and clothing in support of John 3:16 Ministries, whose mission is to help men suffering from drug and alcohol addictions.
John 3:16 provides food, shelter, clothing and restorative programs to Tulsa’s hungry, homeless and at-risk. The Mission receives no government or United Way funding. It solely relies on the giving of local citizens to run its organization.
With the money raised through Hampton Gives, John 3:16 Ministries was able to provide over 520 meals to needy Tulsans.
Collectively, the generosity and willingness of people who wanted to get involved blew us away, especially just a week away from Christmas: 15 people. 3 hours. 1 goal. Countless lives touched. It really makes you wonder…what kind of positive impact could we make with more involvement and more time?
It is truly more blessed to give than receive, and this was one Hampton Christmas Party we certainly won’t forget.
- On January 5, 2013
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