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A warm jacket

December 15, 2011 - 3 Comments

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!

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  1. Andrew, great job describing (y)our team holiday giving project and for helping to remind us about what is truly important. I am so proud of all of you for stepping up to help the way you did. Together we were able to provide some extra warmth and joy to a number of families.

  2. Andrew, great blog. My wife and I recently spent the morning at the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. She was wrapping gifts from our church for kids, along with many other people. I was working outside with a group of men from our church and local volunteers, we were filling trailer trucks with bags of clothes – we didn’t have any automation, it was a chain of people passing bags to each other onto a trailer as fast as we could. Exhilarating, cold, yet pleasing to the soul.

    Thanks for your blog and your reminder of how we can help during this time of the year AS WELL as throughout the rest.

    Merry Christmas to all.

  3. i am just glad i was able to participate in this. I know that it was so easy to do so because Sara pretty much took care of everything…thx Sara! and season’s greetings to all!