Holiday Helper 2019
Help PGEC support the Holiday Helper Association with a generous donation of an unopened toy at either our Waverly or Prince George offices. PGEC is proud to support the Holiday Helper Association each year, to ensure that “no military child goes without” this holiday season.
As some of you might know, cooperatives across the globe adhere to the same Seven Cooperative Principles that guide all of our decisions––from how we run the co-op, to how we engage with our local communities. Concern for community is the seventh principle, and it is one that all employees of Prince George Electric Cooperative (PGEC) value year-round. But during the holiday season, concern for community seems especially important.
PGEC has a proud history of giving back. Your co-op is honored to participate in many events to give back to our community, including Fort Lee’s Holiday Helper Association (HHA). The HHA originated at Fort Lee's Army Community Service in 2001, when it became apparent that many military families needed assistance during the holiday season for a variety of reasons. Without providing the needed assistance, it would be the children who would do without. Holiday Helper allows nominated military members and wounded warriors from all branches of service to shop for their children’s holiday toys free of charge.
Today, the HHA serves over 1,000 children each year! “The Holiday Helper program accepts monetary donations and donations of new toys from infants to teens” explains Susan Garling, HHA marketing and community sponsorship manager.
“PGEC values the contribution our military families make each day to our country,” stated Renee Chapline, PGEC vice president of communications and government affairs for PGEC. PGEC’s annual donation will be used to purchase gifts from the HHA’s suggested list found on their web site. “We are honored in this small way to support the Holiday Helper Association that brings smiles to the children of our soldiers,” Chapline says.
So, while you are in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, think about a military family who will have a merrier Christmas with your kind gesture of a gift! More information about the Holiday Helper Association can be found at www.holidayhelperassociation.com.
No matter how great or small the act, every time we give back, we strengthen our community. So, take the time to give back this holiday season. You’ll be glad you did.