As an association, ESA has always viewed the holiday season as a time to remember those less fortunate than ourselves, and to take the opportunity to give back to the community.
A contingent of ESA staff members pitched in recently for a morning at The Salvation Army's Christmas distribution warehouse in Dallas, stocking and organizing thousands of gifts that will go to families throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex during the holidays.
The Salvation Army's annual Angel Tree program is only part of the organization's efforts to make the holidays brighter for families in need. Each year, gifts are collected at hundreds of sites throughout the area, but that's only the beginning of the process. Those gifts still have to be sorted and matched to the appropriate recipients, and that takes a considerable amount of sweat and effort.
ESA staffers rolled up their sleeves on Tuesday, Dec. 4, and waded through a mountain of gifts of all shapes and sizes. The huge collection of bagged-up gifts were each tagged for individual families, and staff members made sure that the gifts were correctly sorted and accurately matched to the appropriate recipients. At the end of the morning, ESA Executive Director and CEO Merlin Guilbeau presented a donation to The Salvation Army on behalf of ESA, and the staff headed back to the office after a hot lunch. Click here to see photos from the morning.
ESA Gives Back works year-round as the association's philanthropic extension. Its purpose is two-fold: It's about giving back to the community and helping others in need, of course, but it's also about reminding everyone of what's possible through a little bit of effort and a lot of compassion. It truly is better to give than receive.