t is often said: “It is better to give better than to receive.” And personally speaking, I know this is a fact. That’s why I’ve made it my life’s mission to help as many causes as I possibly can.

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The holidays are an especially difficult time for many in our community. There are children all around the country that will never know the magic of a bountiful holiday meal or the simple joy of unwrapping gifts. So, as a company, we decided to spread some much needed holiday cheer and adopt two families via CBS 4’s Neighbors4Neighbors Adopt-a-Family Program. And what a soul-satisfying experience it was!

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On December 9th, we started by hosting a “Dress Down for a Cause” day. With a $10 donation, over 300 employees wore jeans and holiday sweaters to work that day. The response was downright overwhelming. Through our collective efforts and our employees’ generosity, we were able to collect a record amount of donations. We then used the monies to buy all the items on the wish lists provided by each family. The children ranged in age from 2 to 17 years old. So we were thrilled to be able to get them all toys, clothes, shoes, a Publix Family Dinner box, plus extra gift cards for groceries and necessities for the parents.

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Lastly, on Sunday, December 18th we had the privilege of being able to personally deliver our donations to our two families. We secured a core group of volunteers and left in a multi-car caravan from The Collection. Like Santa and his reindeer (except our reindeer packed a bit more HP) we knocked on each of the families’ doors and were greeted with smiles and a little awe as our group of about 20 showered them with gifts. The entire experience was unforgettably touching and reminded me yet again how blessed I am in my own life and how much support our community needs.

 

I highly recommend learning more about Adopt-A-Family and becoming a donor. You can learn more about the program here: http://neighbors4neighbors.org/

 

I know this much is true: It is a decision you will never forget. For us, this is a new tradition we will cherish for years to come.

 

Happy holidays to all!

Ken Gorin Miami