Employees reach out with special seasonal giving
Although the tradition of giving to others is common during the holidays,
Emory employees raised seasonal generosity to an uncommonly high level
the recent holiday season. People with AIDS, the homeless, the sick and
needy were all beneficiaries of holiday service projects planned by Emory
offices, divisions and departments. This generosity took various forms
including collecting canned goods and mounds of toys; hanging garlands
decorating trees; and even walking for a leukemia patient. These photos
represent some of the many employee projects planned during the holiday
The homeless and the hungry
Holiday gifts often take the form of the extravagant: those gifts that
too embarassed to buy for ourselves. But for some the basic necessities
extravagant. Several offices focused their holiday generosity on the
homeless and hungry. The General Libraries and Institutional Advancement
collected and delivered canned goods to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
central office of the Institutional Advancement Division sponsored a
family in Jonesboro referred by the Family Ministries Program of Red Oak
Methodist Church in Stockbridge. Health Sciences News and Information
items for the Atlanta Women's and Children's Day Shelter. Offices in the
School collected items for the Task Force for the Homeless. Facilities
Management sponsored a toy drive for Nicholas House, a long-term shelter
families. Campus Life collected toys and canned goods for the needy at
annual holiday party.
Healing the sick
The strain of a serious illness or disability during the holidays can
diminish the spirit of the season. Many offices chose to channel their
generosity toward the ill, especially those living with AIDS. The
committee of the Rollins School of Public Health adopted a family
affected by the disease. Boxes of food, bags of clothing, toys, books,
animals, sheets, towels, household items and $100 cash were collected for
family, which is made up of an unmarried 17-year-old mother of two
ages two and three, and the mother's brother. The mother has AIDS and is
dependent on her brother, who is going to school and working part-time to
support the family. Jane Price, chair of the Outreach committee,
family through the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services.
committee also collected more than $1,000 for a public health student who
in a severe financial crisis and on the verge of homelessness due to his
critical illness. The Goizueta Business School Alumni Office collected
for a mother and child with AIDS.
OUTstaff, the organization for gay, lesbian and bisexual staff members,
decorated the Jerusalem House, a residence for people with AIDS. Their
included decorating three Christmas trees and three common rooms in the
as well as a potluck dinner.
The Health Sciences Center Library including the Grady, Emory Hospital
Yerkes branches, raised money to support employee Linda Seals in a
(26.2 miles) that she is walking to benefit a leukemia patient through
American Leukemia Society.
Emory Hospital erected an "Angel Tree" outside the hospital auditorium
with stars representing families identified as needful by the Social
Department of the hospital. Departments picked a star and worked to fill
needs requested by the family.
Hospital Education Services provided food supplies and personal hygiene
products to Hospitality House, a home-away-from-home for people with
means to stay if they have a family member in an area hospital.
-- Matt Montgomery