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Jackson EMC Spreads Christmas Cheer in Local Communities

Jackson EMC and its employees support community organizations throughout the year.  Employees partnered with local nonprofits during the holiday season to support local families in need. 

In 2021, Jackson EMC employees at the cooperative’s offices in Gainesville, Oakwood, Jefferson and Neese, as well as the corporate communication and human resources teams, adopted families in need through Family Promise of Hall County, Family Connection (Barrow and Jackson counties) and local churches. Employees brought toys, clothes, and shoes to offices, where they wrapped more than 500 gifts for the families.  

The Billing & Member Support Services team prepared and served meals for 70 people at Good News at Noon, a Gainesville-based ministry that provides a transitional shelter and serves meals 365 days a year for homeless people. Additionally, they gathered individual toiletry items to create gift bags for each person.  

Employees at Jackson EMC’s Gainesville district supplied gifts for the Christmas Promise Store, established by Family Promise in 2018 to empower families by providing a store where parents can purchase Christmas gifts for their children at drastically reduced prices.  The Gainesville office also served as a donation drop-off location for Operation Coat Drive, collecting more than 175 winter coats for residents in need. 

Employees at the cooperative’s office in Gwinnett partnered with Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett and provided gifts for three children and their families, and donated gift cards for the school’s Angel Tree to help more students and teachers. 

Employees in Jefferson sponsored the annual Banks County Schools Christmas Banquet for students with special needs and their families at Grove Level Church, where Santa and the Grinch made a visit. 

Jackson EMC employees volunteered by preparing and serving meals and food boxes, working in food pantries, sorting clothes for clothes closets, ringing the Salvation Army bell at local stores, and organizing winter coat, food and toy drives. 

“Concern for community is one of our guiding principles,” said Keith Johnson, vice president of human resources. “Our employees enjoy helping families in need throughout the year, but especially during the holiday season.”