CS3 Technology, a leading professional services firm offering HRMS and ERP applications to businesses across the country, has elected to invest their holiday budget with Toys for Tots.
The entire team at CS3 Technology felt this was a perfect year to start a new tradition. Historically, the firm has sent holiday cards to all their clients. This year the funds normally spent on this activity were used to purchase toys.
“As a technology firm, it was easy for us to send an electronic card at no cost and utilize the money for a greater cause,” says CS3 Technology president, Gary Crouch. Crouch gave cash to each employee for a toy purchase of their choice. The toys were brought to the office for a holiday photo that was then sent via email to all CS3 clients and business partners. “The employees had an enjoyable time picking out the gifts. When they each brought their toys to the office, we found it interesting the various toys selected. The gifts definitely reflected the personalities of each employee”.
Steve Benway, a Tulsa based employee of CS3 Technology used this opportunity as a learning experience for his three elementary aged children. “I took my children shopping for the gifts for Toys for Tots. This was a wonderful time for them to personally share in the experience of giving,” says Benway. He went on to say “I would like to see this event occur each year. What a great way to bring the family and workplace together for the good of the community.”
Toys for Tots is a Marine Corp activity that began in 1947 when they collected 5,000 toys for distribution in the Los Angeles area. Over the 62 years of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, Marines have distributed more than 400 million toys to more than 188 million needy children. This charitable endeavor has made U. S. Marines the unchallenged leader in looking after less fortunate children at Christmas. Over its 27 year life span, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation has supplemented local toy collections with more than 81.3 million toys valued at more than $487 million; plus has provided promotion and support materials valued at over $6.3 million.
Candy Richey, of the Tulsa office, gathered all donations and delivered them to the Claremore VFW.