Holiday Cheer from Jackson EMC
Holiday Cheer was spread all season long by Jackson EMC employees. Read below for some of the ways Jackson EMC was involved in the community this holiday season.
Warm Winter Wishes Coat Drive
This holiday season, Sheconda Benton, IT Service Support Manager, collected a total of 314 gently used warm clothing items for the Warm Winter Wishes Coat Drive. The coat drive was organized by Sheconda and other employees of cooperatives across Georgia participating in the Management/Leadership Development Program (MLDP). The collection consisted of 151 coats and 163 hoodies/sweaters all donated to Fostering Hope Clothes Closet.
One Family at a Time
This holiday season, the HR department spread Christmas cheer by continuing their tradition of sponsoring a local family through the Holiday Connection program with Jackson County Family Connection, an organization that partners businesses with local families in need. A family with two boys, ages 10 and 13, was “adopted” by HR, who purchased Christmas gifts for the children. In 2022, the Holiday Connection program helped 181 families and 466 children with Christmas assistance.
Other Jackson EMC employees donated money to bring Christmas joy to two families in need. The first family they purchased gifts for was a family of two – a single mom and her five-year-old son. The second family was a family of nine – a single mom with seven children and one grandchild.
Gifts for Gwinnett
Employees from our Gwinnett office spread holiday cheer this year by donating to four organizations that support needs in our community. Items collected were divided up and distributed to the Gwinnett Special Needs School, the Gwinnett Senior Center, the Gwinnett Police Toy Drive and the Latin American Association.
Dekotah Mathis, Manager, Employee Communication, and Lauren Bartlett, Employee Communication Representative, volunteered with Holiday Connection in Barrow County where they helped families in need pick out Christmas gifts for their children. Families shopping are allowed to get three gifts per child, two stuffed animals, some items for stuffing stockings, clothing items, a book and a bag of food. Community members and businesses donated gifts and other items to the Holiday Connection program.
The Contact Center held a Christmas cubicle decorating contest this season. Wanda Welch's “UGA Cabin” won first place. Second and third place were awarded to Rita Chunasamy and Katelyn Galloway respectively.
Employee Christmas Parties
Each Jackson EMC district celebrated the holiday season with their families and fellow employees during Christmas parties. There was fun to be had all around with good food, face paintings, balloon animals and great company. Many of the children got to meet Santa Claus and tell him their Christmas wishes.