We've had a great year at SingleHop, and all of us have been incredibly fortunate to experience immense growth and success in numerous ways. At the same time, we are very well aware that many in our communities have faced hardship during 2009, and so my fellow SingleHoppers and I decided to give back in a big way this holiday season.
We partnered with Casa Central, a local Chicago charity which helps families that have lost their homes get back on their feet again.Ă‚Â This past Saturday, December 12th, we met at our local Target to buy gifts and necessities for 16 boys and girls from Casa Central, ranging from 8 to 16 years old.
Warm winter coats are a must-have in the Chicago winters, but charitable organizations across the city have been suffering from a coat shortage in the past few months. So, heading into our shopping spree, we knew that above all else we wanted to provide every child with a thick, warm winter coat to keep them protected during the harsh Chicago winter. Along with coats, we bought everything from shoes to toys for the children, including gifts on their wish list such as Pokemon cards, stuffed animals, Transformers, and even toe socks to keep their feet toasty warm!
Casa Central did an excellent job in assisting us with information on exactly what these kids needed and wanted. We had sizes of coats, shoes, socks, and most exciting of all - for the kids, no doubt - what toys they wanted! On Christmas morning, these children will wake up to many gifts that they might not have otherwise had, and we're glad to have the opportunity to make their holidays a little more special. When Account Executive Chris Larkin was asked how he enjoyed the volunteer trip, he replied, "Being able to help out, even with just a few children, is a very rewarding experience, and I am very happy that SingleHop is in a position that allows us to give back." We wish the very best to these families, and hope that, with a little help this holiday season, they will be able to be back on their feet in the new year.
For more information about Casa Central or how you can get involved, please visit www.casacentral.org
Below: Daniel Salcedo, Chris Larkin, Dan Ushman, Stephanie Ostheimer, Zak Boca