"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." --Leo Buscaglia, Author of Living, Loving and Learning
The second annual "Operation Christmas Angel" began in earnest at the first of December with the commitment to provide Christmas presents and much needed food, clothing and staples to three local Greenwood families, with a combined total of 15 children. After collecting donations from employees, the Raymond James elves went shopping and purchased several Santa sleighs full of toys. The third week of December was declared Operation Gift Wrap and Susan and Patty spent time wrapping presents, tying bows and filling packages with love. On December 23, the big day arrived and Santa and his Raymond James elves (including Scott, his daughter Sarah and Susan) made all the scheduled deliveries, and in turn, received so much more than was given.
In an effort to build national awareness of melanoma and other skin cancers, two of our team members (Scott and Susan) and their families represented the Hensley and Mings Group by manning the 5K route's first water station where they passed out much welcomed water to race participants. In addition, Scott's son, Justin, a member of Southwestern High School's Cross Country team, competed in the 5-Mile Competitive Run.
As part of Raymond James' philosophy of giving back to the communities in which we live and work, two of our team members(Scott and Patty)and their families represented the Hensley and Mings Group by participating in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Although rain threatened throughout the day, participant spirits were not dampened in the least as they celebrated the lives of cancer survivors and fondly remembered the lives of those who have been lost. Certainly the highlight of the event was the Luminaria Ceremony.
Raymond James is not affiliated with the above organizations and/or charitable causes.