Employees brightened up the holidays for children and teens going through treatment at Rogers by donating gift items. To spur participation among their staff and also have a little fun, the company turned the toy drive into a friendly competition in which every person who made donation could also vote to determine which VJS employee would be attending the company’s annual holiday get-together dressed as their favorite holiday character!
Faster than reindeer flying across the world, the collection bins were filled with more than 50 gifts donated by the staff at VJS headquarters and the company’s three largest job sites.
Congratulations to not only one, but two lucky VJS employees who won the contest: Dan Nash, superintendent, and Lizzy Polheber, safety engineer. Together, they delivered cookies to the VJS jobsites in full costume before heading to the party.
“It is a really fun way to get people involved with giving,” said Kim McElwee, who helped coordinate the toy drive and contest. This is the third straight year that VJS has hosted a toy drive, but the company has been a long-time supporter of Rogers and its work. “VJS staff is always excited to bring in toys to help children over the holidays. Many staff members are happy to help in whatever way they can, and the toy drive is a great way to share with others during the holiday season.”
From everyone at Rogers, thank you VJS!
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While the holidays are an especially critical time, we would be happy to assist you with a “Give for a Better Day” drive anytime of the year. If you are part of a civic organization, or if you have a friend or family member who owns a business, a coping skills drive is an excellent way to help patients at Rogers fill their emotional toolkit with small, but effective, therapeutic items. Contact Linda Schieble or go to MyRogers for details.