3D Exhibits joined a collective effort across Sparks’s offices, giving back to spread hope and cheer this holiday season. Together with the Sparklers, Be You and Code 10 committees, 3D and Sparks’s teams throughout the United States led a variety of charitable activities to support several important causes.
With Giving Tuesday, a one-day global initiative that encourages people to help others, serving as the initial inspiration, 3D and Sparks’s altruistic initiatives spanned the course of several weeks.
At 3D, we have long-standing partnerships with several local food pantries. This year, we paired our holiday breakfast with our food drive to support the Bloomingdale Township Food Pantry and help families experiencing food insecurity receive the resources they need both during the holiday season and beyond.
Cole Hauschildt, Director Strategic Solutions at 3D, noted that total donations of food, dry goods and personal hygiene products from their office ended up weighing in at 700lbs! “It’s amazing how the office rallies together when we put the word out about giving back,” he said.
Here’s a quick snapshot of the additional charitable efforts made across locations:
Midwest: Detroit and Fort Wayne
3D’s neighbors in the Midwest, specifically Sparks’s offices in Detroit and Fort Wayne, both organized impactful charitable activities, giving back to aid their communities, with Detroit employees donating more than 30 winter coats to the non-profit organization, Starfish Family Services, to help children in need stay warm in the cold winter months. In Fort Wayne, employees chose to work with an area food bank, Community Harvest, because supply chain disruptions have made it difficult for the pantry to maintain a steady food supply.
East: Philadelphia and Ridgfield, CT
In the Philadelphia office, Sparks employees collected toys to donate to the Red Cross and to the People’s Emergency Center. Employees looking for volunteer opportunities off-site were encouraged to help the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, an emergency shelter that’s been serving the Philadelphia community since 1878.
This month, the Sparks Philadelphia office will hold a special box-building activity in support of Sparks’s ongoing relationship with Unite for HER, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing tools and comfort to people around the country facing breast and/or ovarian cancer. The team will be putting together care packages filled with an assortment of helpful resources and wellness items for people in all stages of cancer diagnoses.
In Ridgefield, CT, employees came together, giving back by packing 150 gift boxes with a range of items for children, including gloves, toothbrushes, toys and school essentials. The boxes went to the program, Operation Christmas Child to give to children in need around the world.
West: Burlingame, Las Vegas and Los Angeles
In the West, 3D’s colleagues at Sparks offices in Burlingame, CA, Los Angeles and Las Vegas all contributed to local charitable initiatives. The Burlingame office led a drive to support the nonprofit organization, Homeless Prenatal Program, gathering and donating such necessities as blankets and diapers. The office, located in the San Francisco area, will also be coming together to aid the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.
Sparks Los Angeles directed their efforts to help My Friend’s Place, an organization that provides important resources and services to homeless youth. Using the organization’s wish list as a guide, employees collected a variety of clothes, gift cards and personal hygiene items. Some employees chose to donate directly to the center as well.
The Las Vegas office encouraged employees to donate to Toys 4 Kids, a local nonprofit that makes hand-crafted wooden toys to bring joy to children who are in shelters, hospitals, social service agencies, and more recently, to children affected by natural disasters such as hurricanes.
This year, the Sparks office in Atlanta organized a toy and food drive, giving back to SweetWater Mission, a local organization dedicated to preventing hunger and homelessness. Employees saw it as an important opportunity to make a difference in their local community, especially helping people facing food insecurity and poverty. Employees supported SweetWater Mission through food donations and a variety of gifts.