Partnering with Others
Making holidays brighter
Photo: Dayni Alba
Boeing employees made holidays brighter
around the globe
Children and families across the globe received gifts and clothing during the 2010 holidays that were purchased and wrapped by Boeing employees who learned their generosity, thoughtfulness and many hours of hard work produce special memories.
From the U.S. to Canada to Italy to Japan and Russia, the generosity of thousands of Boeing employees helped to make the holidays extra special for nearly 8,000 people, including children in orphanages, seniors and families. Employees contributed nearly $457,000 and shopped for gifts, toys and warm winter clothing, hosted gift wrapping parties and organized volunteer activities with nonprofits in their communities.
Employees gave hundreds of hours of their personal time to ensure that others had a special holiday, including in the Puget Sound area, where volunteers like Teresa Ast started planning for this year's Spirit of the Holidays drive months prior to the drive kick-off.
Ast, who works in Fabrication Business Operations in Auburn, Wash., has been volunteering for more than 20 years. She started by donating a stocking stuffed with gifts and now helps lead the Auburn site's annual drive.
"It really was an eclipse event for my stay in Italy. The crew responded very well by donating money and time for gift-wrapping. To see what we were able to accomplish in a short amount of time for so many children was really an outstanding effort and something I will truly never forget."
—Bob Williams, a composite manufacturing manager from Seattle
A lot of things happen behind the scenes before the drive starts and it is made possible through many generous Boeing volunteers, she said.
"My family is very fortunate, and I know that there are other families who don't have as much and who need it more," Ast said. "Lots of Boeing employees open their hearts and give hundreds of hours of their own time to help others. It is all about the excitement of helping other people."
Photo: James Moore
In Lucera, Italy, employees from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner team stationed in nearby Foggia and Alenia Aeronautica employees collaborated on a holiday project, said Bob Williams a composite manufacturing manager from Seattle who helped organize the event.
"It really was an eclipse event for my stay in Italy," Williams said. "The crew responded very well by donating money and time for gift-wrapping. To see what we were able to accomplish in a short amount of time for so many children was really an outstanding effort and something I will truly never forget."
The estimated total cash value of employees' contributions donated during the Spirit of the Holidays drives and other business-sponsored activities held at Boeing sites around the world totaled nearly $457,000 which included 18,460 toys, plus clothing, food and gift cards.
"What's truly amazing is that hundreds of employees gave hundreds of hours of their free time to make a difference for others," said Patrice Mingo, director for Global Corporate Citizenship's Employee Volunteer Program. "Our employee volunteers are simply the best; whether it is through projects like Spirit of the Holidays or through their participation in programs like The Employees Community Fund that reported $28.7 million in 2010, our employees enthusiastically support and engage with our communities no matter where they are in the world."