Children at Salvation Army Center of Hope benefits from BAAERN’s Birthday Blessings/Toolbox 4 Education drive

September 5, 2010 at 5:15 pm Leave a comment

Members of BAAERN (from left to right): Ebony Stubbs, Darlene Paschall, Greta Williams, Denae' Brown, and Nina Chenault

CHARLOTTE, NC – Wachovia’s Black/African-American Employee Resource Network (BAAERN) really knocked our socks off this month.  In addition to volunteering at our August party at the Salvation Army Center of Hope, this generous group collected 8,300 school supply items for their Birthday Blessings/Toolbox 4 Education donation drive.

The group collected such an abundance of school supplies, not only were they able to supply the 100 children living at the Salvation Army Center of Hope with back-to-school items, they were also able to give to four other organizations as well!

Said BAAERN committee chairperson, Denae’ Brown: “It brings me to tears each time when I see the room stacked with supplies that we need to sort for all the children. Despite the economic challenges going on in this day and time, people still give and are so willing and enthusiastic about giving as well … We are so thankful for being able to bring joy into someone’s life. “

In addition to coming to our office to help us organize and shelve donations, on August 17, six of BAAERN’s members set off for the second year in a row to help volunteer at our Back-to-School Birthday Bash for children living at the Salvation Army Center of Hope.

BAAERN gifted every child a jumbo bag filled with binders, folders, composition books, spiral notebooks, glue sticks, pencils, pens, markers, colored pencils, a dictionary, a calculator, and a ruler to complement the goodie bags, new books, and candy necklaces provided by Birthday Blessings.

Long-time Birthday Blessings partner, The Fun Bus, joined the festivities so the children could burn off some energy, after they enjoyed birthday cake and cupcakes in celebration of all the August birthdays. The children also enjoyed personalizing and decorating their very own journals and bookmarks.

Said Brown: “There was a mom there who had two children and one on the way. I had an opportunity to hand her daughter the toys that she received for her birthday, and the mom was overwhelmed with gratitude. It’s amazing to think that what some of us take for granted, for someone else is such a joy and such a blessing. I was glad to be able to witness that.”

BAAERN plans to continue making this Birthday Blessings party an annual event for their group, and for that, we are so thankful!

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