ATLANTA, GA -- New Acquisitions' National and Regional Directors, Zachary Schuch and Adam Gerald, teed off with international non-profit charity, Camp to Belong, at their 10th annual Swing for Siblings charity golf tournament. The tournament was held on October 21, 2016 at Bear's Best Atlanta golf course in Suwanee, GA and was held to raise money for the foundation's main purpose: to reconnect siblings separated by the foster care system.
According to the charity's website, more than 400,000 children are currently in foster care in the United States. Data obtained from the 2012 AFSCARS Report, distributed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, states that between 65 and 85 percent of those children have siblings also in the foster care system and over half of them are placed in separate homes from their siblings. Statistics from the same report also show that the number of youth aging out of the system is increasing and of those, 75 percent do not have or maintain strong sibling connections.
Camp to Belong wants to change that. By hosting events like Swing for Siblings, they are able to raise enough money to fund summer camp programs that allow siblings separated by the foster care system to reunite for a week of fun.
"Siblings may not have the opportunity to read bedtime stories together at night, have breakfast together, cheer for each other at school functions or share precious holidays – all the things that typical siblings get to do each day. Siblings are often taken for granted. Yet, the sibling relationship can be our longest relationship in life," states Camp to Belong's website. "Our primary goal is to provide a sense of belonging to youth as individuals, and as siblings, giving them opportunities to share childhood memories together and among other youth in the same situations."
Schuch and Gerald, both having siblings of their own, were touched by the foundation's mission and jumped at the chance to participate. The pair donated $300 together to attend the tournament and invited other New Acquisitions affiliates to join them, bringing their donation to about $600 total.
"It was humbling to learn more about the charity's mission," said Gerald, "It's easy to take things for granted, like having your siblings around. You can tell just by talking to the hosts that this is something they're really passionate about and I'm happy we got to be a part of it."
ATLANTA, GA -- Promotional, advertising and marketing firm, New Acquisitions, is a company that prides themselves in their philanthropic ventures, especially during the holiday season. Their tradition of giving back to the community has continued through their most recent donation to Meals on Wheels' Atlanta chapter.
According to the charity's website, their mission is to support senior independence through providing meals, shelter, education, and a community where they feel welcome and supported. The Meals on Wheels program is designed by nutritionists and are meant to assist seniors 60 years of age and above that are unable to prepare or afford their own meals. In Atlanta alone 200,000 meals are delivered annually and over 130 seniors are currently on a waiting list for the program.
The New Acquisitions team came together to donate a total of $252 to the cause, which equates to 6 weeks of home delivered meals for seniors in the Atlanta area. With their donation, the team was given hand written letters from seniors thanking them for their generosity.
"It was great to get those thank you notes," said Office Manager, Amber Abrams, "When you donate, you know what cause the money is going to but sometimes you don't get to see how it directly affects the people that it's meant to help. The thank you notes were a wonderful surprise and I love that we got to indirectly communicate with the people that we helped."
The donation to the charity hit home for Human Resources Coordinator, Morgan Wright, whose grandfather was a recipient of the program while he lived with her as a child. Wright's grandfather lost his left eye due a work accident in his twenties. Years later, his right eye contracted a retinal disease that caused him to slowly lose the rest of his sight over time leaving him blind.
Since Wright and her brother were both in school and her parents both worked during the day, her grandfather was left alone to prepare his own lunch which proved to be difficult. Her grandfather luckily was chosen to be a recipient of the program shortly after a neighbor had suggested the charity.
"It was so much easier for him to get meals delivered straight to him that were ready to eat, instead of him trying to cook [meals] for himself," said Wright, "Knowing that we are going to help other people like my grandpa was an awesome way to kick off the holiday season. I hope that us donating inspires other companies to do the same."
The New Acquisitions team is excited to start their season of giving and plan to donate to other local charities both during the holidays and into the next year.
To read about other charities New Acquisitions has supported and to learn more about their website, please visit www.newacquisitionsinc.com.
To learn more about Meals on Wheels and how to get involved, please visit their website at www.mealsonwheelsatlanta.org.
ATLANTA, GA -- On Monday, October 31st, Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity of Oglethorpe University hosted their annual Trick or Treat in Traer event for the local Boys and Girls Club, local churches, as well as other children from their community. New Acquisitions team members, Trisha Miller, Lauren McDonald, Brandon White, and John Wilson were able to attend the event and participate in the festivities along with the students and the children. The team was also able to assist in running multiple stations at the event.
All children that attended the event were treated with food, crafts, a student-sanctioned haunted house, cookie decorating, illusion stations, and of course, trick-or-treating at the college's freshman dorm, Traer Residence Hall at Oglethorpe University.
From 4:00PM to 6:00PM on Monday night, the team handed out candy, small toys, and other treats to the children as they trick-or-treated through the campus dorms alongside members of Alpha Phi Omega. McDonald, Human Resources intern at New Acquisitions and member of the fraternity, exhibited her creativity by making a pumpkin display with cups and tissue paper for the kids to poke through and find Halloween surprises. New Acquisitions was able to create another inclusive station with clementines and markers where the children were able to create mini Jack-O-Lanterns.
"I was really happy that the 'Poke-A-Pumpkin' was a hit with the kids!," said McDonald on her Halloween project, "Trisha [Miller] was there to help me put it all together, so we had a ton of fun making it and then even more fun watching the kids go at it for their candy and toys."
To learn how to make your own "Poke-A-Pumpkin" for next Halloween, visit http://www.thriftyfun.com/Making-a-Poke-A-Pumpkin-Game.html for ideas.
According to McDonald, the fraternity hosts this event in the tradition of bringing a fun and safe trick-or-treating environment for children in the Atlanta community that may not otherwise have the opportunity to Trick-or-Treat.
"Our hope as an organization is to make sure that the kids are having fun while being safe at the same time," explained McDonald, "It's a win-win because the kids get to have a good time and the parents can relax knowing they're in a safe place."