One of the many nice things about working for Cisco is the multiple opportunities for giving back. As a company, we participate in many community-based events, with Cisco often matching each employee contribution. Recently I wrote a blog about our Manufacturing team’s participation with a local housing and services foundation.
This Christmas, I have the privilege of working with Friends Outside and their “Holiday Wishes Program.” Through this program we each are matched with a local child in need. The child provides a “wish list” for presents, and then we raise money to fulfill that list.
I didn’t know what to expect when I received my wish list, but it was very sobering: his #1 wish for Christmas was a warm jacket. His second wish was for shoes:
It is reminders like this that always put things into perspective. I’ve been busy this month buying gifts for friends and family, and in the hustle it’s easy to take many things for granted, such as warm clothes. So, we should all remember to be thankful when celebrating the holidays with our families!
If you are interested in participating in the Holiday Wishes Program, please click here.
Also, I want to send out a huge thank-you to my fellow MBA Rotational Program member Sara Thomas who initiated and organized our role in this fantastic charity. Thank-you, Sara!