Left to right: TXU Energy employee Jackie Whipple, Executive Director of Be An Angel Marti Boone and Jackie Whipple's husband Daryl Whipple.
There's never a better time to give than during the holiday season, and every year Energy Future Holdings and its family of companies get plugged into the spirit of the season by donating time and resources to help those in need across the state.
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This year, EFH employees teamed up to help Santa fill his sleigh through two holiday giving initiatives.
EFH Building Services coordinated Energy Plaza's participation in the Annual DFW Toy Drive benefitting the Salvation Army. Over the course of two weeks, employees from EFH and other Energy Plaza tenants donated over 300 new, unwrapped toys and bikes to help make the season brighter for needy children in North Texas.
"I am very proud of our employees' generosity in this extremely worthy cause. Despite the downturn in the economy, people are giving from the bottom of their hearts and helping others who are less fortunate this holiday season," said Bill Wysoski, EFH's corporate facilities manager.
Holiday donations at EFH aren't just limited to children. Catherine Curtiss, a member of EFH's Information Technology department, took the initiative to join forces with the Royse City Lions club and collect items for care packages for service men and women stationed overseas. Employees generously donated snacks, comic books, tooth paste and phone cards for the troops.
"I think it's incredibly easy to get caught up with work or personal obligations and lose sight of those who are making sacrifices on our behalf or living in difficult conditions," said Catherine. "Working with the Lions provided me a way to not only help those individuals, but remind myself about what's truly important this holiday season."
Luminant employees have long participated in Angel Tree programs and food drives, but this holiday season many are donating their time in addition to gifts.
The last three holiday seasons, employees on the Lincoln Plaza Diversity Council along with their family members have volunteered at the Sharing Life Holiday Faire in Mesquite, which provides families in need with not only presents but also food for a special holiday meal.
"I believe that you are truly demonstrating the spirit of the season when you give your time, and this is a wonderful way to help those in need," said Diversity Council member and event volunteer Marcia Gardner. "It is wonderful to know that you are making Christmas better for families who need extra help."
And to help spread Christmas cheer to the residents of Freestone County, employees from Luminant's Big Brown Plant and Mine diversity council are teaming up with the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and others to participate in Christmas in the Park, a new event held at Fairfield Lake State Park on Dec. 10 and 17. Luminant funded the dÃ©cor for the State Park's dining hall building and will staff volunteers so the park's guests can enjoy hay rides, a trail of lights, photos with Santa, classic Christmas movies, hot cocoa and cookies during the event. "We are excited to be joining our neighbors and participating in this Community Christmas event at the Fairfield State Park," said Big Brown Diversity Council Chairperson Wes Kuhen.
This year, TXU Energy's holiday giving will warm bodies as well as hearts.
To keep our fellow Texans warm this winter, TXU Energy is hosting its annual coat drive benefitting Mission Arlington, a TXU Energy Aid agency that has serviced Arlington for two decades. Last year, 200 coats were donated to Arlington residents through the program.
For the past three years, TXU Energy employees have been warming hearts by supporting Be An Angel's holiday gift program, which gives presents to children who suffer from multiple disabilities or profound deafness and whose families are financially underprivileged.
This year, 12 employees participated in the event, which provided gifts to 200 of these children at 13 schools across the Dallas and Fort Worth ISDs.
"It is amazing to see the impact we can make in the lives of others when we work together. Spending a few hours shopping and wrapping is well worth the time invested knowing how much the families will appreciate the gifts," said Kim Campbell, a senior manager for Customer Advocacy at TXU Energy. "I love working for a company that cares about our communities and being able to help others."