There's No Place Like CGI For the Holidays
And do good we shall! The holiday season is always an exciting time at CGI. It’s filled with music, cheer and most importantly, giving.
Each year, CGI works to support a local charity. This holiday season, we had the pleasure of supporting youth development agency, the Boys and Girls Club of Worcester. Our elves created a Holiday Giving Tree, decorating it with tags including a child’s name, age, and a gift they were asking for for Christmas.
The only things I have seen go faster than those tags are the cinnamon buns that Maryellen, our Director of Operations, brings in on Fridays.
CGI’s lobby quickly started to look like Santa’s workshop as gifts stacked underneath the tree. When all the gifts were in, we brought them to the Boys and Girls Club and took part in the organization’s wrapping party. If CGI’s lobby was Santa’s workshop, then this wrapping party was the whole North Pole.
There were thousands of gifts piled high and hundreds more being dropped off. It was extremely humbling seeing the physical representation of what was being given to the children of the Boys and Girl Club. One of the women dropping off gifts told us that last year, the organization helped bring Christmas to life for more than 200 families in poverty and that this year, they were already ahead of that number.
As J.R. Miller once said, “Nothing else in all life is such a maker of joy and cheer as the privilege of doing good.”
It was a privilege to be a small part of something so huge.
In addition to doing the Giving Tree, we collected nonperishable food for the Worcester County Food Bank, the region’s leading anti-hunger organization. Food items piled in the office just as quickly as the lobby piled with gifts, and almost as quickly as Maryellen’s cinnamon buns go. Hats, mittens, and scarves also cumulated, as we collected outwear to donate to homeless children as well.
“The team at CGI continues to amaze me during the holidays. Everyone contributes their time, spirit, and genuine enthusiasm. It’s clear that this team finds more joy in giving than receiving, and that’s what the holiday season is all about,” said CGI President, David Kelleher.
The holiday season repeatedly reminds us here at CGI that even a small gesture can have a big impact on those in need, and local acts of kindness remind us just how easy it is to help those in need.
We encourage you to do your part this holiday season. No gift is too small when you’re supporting a cause so big.
Learn more about the Boys and Girls Club of Worcester
Learn More about the Worcester County Food Bank