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When you work at a place that decides to focus on charities during the holiday season a few things happen:

  1. You end up donating a lot of money to charity through the activities they plan.
  2. You get to meet more people at the company.
  3. You help other people.
  4. You join the committee.
This is basically what happened at work this holiday season.  We have a Charity Makes Sense committee and we have events starting late October where we raise money for designated charities.  Yes, it was a bit of a drag at times, but last year the company raised over $15,000 and this year we are on track to pass that number.  (And then the company matches the amount we raise...and then some.)

After a pizza Halloween photo contest lunch, Gobble Grams, Happy Hour, Jeans Days, Dessert Walk, online auction, adopt a family, warm clothes collection, December pizza lunch, etc.  It's a lot, but it's fun and even though I started to feel robotic "It's for charity." and I had to start rationing what I would be spending, at the end of the day, it feels pretty great.

I organized our Dessert Walk team and I think we killed it.  There were eight of us and we all decided to include salt in our treats (so they're a bit cohesive) and call ourselves "Salty Girls."

It all culminates in a holiday party for the whole office (next week).

I'm happy to work at a place that puts an emphasis on helping others.


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