For our latest philanthropy project at the end of the year, we decided to include the entire company. This is a time of year that calls for gratitude, reflection and generosity to those less fortunate than us. We set up collection boxes at different locations, and gave our WhirlWind techies an option to donate toys for the Toys for Tots program. We collected and donated over 150 toys this year!

Toys for Tots is a program run by the US Marine Corps Reserve that distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. “When you donate to Marine Toys for Tots you are helping to bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America’s less fortunate children.” is their tagline and their impact is felt in homes all over America. Founded in 1947, the Toys for Tots program has delivered 548 million toys, supporting 251 million children to date.

And the difference is felt. Cindy, a gift recipient from California, shared a heart moving story of her memories.  “Toys for Tots was the only reason I received a gift for Christmas each year as a child. I remember my dad waiting in line the whole day in order for me and my siblings to have something to open on Christmas. I have such great memories thanks to this program. Thank you to everyone who donates to this great cause.”

The impact of working collectively to help others can not be overstated. As reiterated by a community organizer in Georgia, “…The Toys for Tots Program is a blessing for the community we serve. We have had families tell us that they would not have had anything under the tree if it was not for this program. There is so much work to do, but as long as we take a piece and someone else does the same, eventually we can reach as many needs as possible.”

Thank you to all the WhirlWind techies that contributed! With this project we want to emphasize we can all embrace WhirlWind’s purpose to empower others. Our core values include #Have the mindset of an entrepreneur (Empower) and #Take the Initiative (Commitment) and together we will work to empower as many people as possible!

The best gifts are sometimes the unexpected ones! What is your best (or most unexpected) gift to date?

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