Because of the generosity of the employees of a local business, 55 kids will have a brighter Christmas.
According to Beth Miller, materials coordinator at Greenfield’s Adient, formerly Johnson Controls, the 240 employees of the company came together with a mind to help as many children as they could during the holiday season. She said last year the employees sponsored three children, but found out after the deadline that there were something like 70 more children throughout the county that didn’t have sponsorship and they didn’t want that many kids to go without being sponsored again if they could help it.
This year, it was decided that to raise money there would be a raffle. Employees bought tickets for the opportunity to throw a pie in the face of a manager. All told, the employees raised $3,516 and Adient matched that amount for a grand total of $7,032.
Miller said the company approached Greenfield Schools and from there are sponsoring 22 children. And with the money left over the company went to Highland County Community Action where it was able to sponsor another 33 children.
“We are all about getting out in our community and giving back,” Miller said of Adient employees. She said helping as many children as possible have a brighter Christmas experience was something that the employees wanted to do.
With this year’s funds raised and 55 children sponsored, Miller said everyone is already thinking toward what they can do next year to be able to help even more children.
“It is such a fantastic blessing, us being able to do this,” Miller said.
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