As a part of its annual charity fund-raising event, Garland Co. Inc. raised $56,000 to support Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow in its efforts to bring the spirit of Christmas joy to seriously and terminally ill children and their families year round. Garland’s Spirit Week, now in its tenth year, is a weeklong event held at its headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, dedicated to raising money for worthy causes through various fund-raising activities. Garland’s corporate employees as well as its sales representatives located through the U.S., Canada and the U.K. all participated in the week of giving.
Support extended beyond just monetary contributions as many employees spent time volunteering at The Hollow, a 93-acre private park in Middlefield, Ohio, complete with elves, reindeer, a toy shop and bakery. The Hollow is designed to mimic the North Pole with every detail planned to create a magical escape for sick children and their families.
Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow was founded in 1981 to bring the magic of Christmas to a family’s home, a hospital or to welcome friends and family members to the The Hollow. The memories this organization creates give families a special Christmas celebration any time of year. The organization is 100 percent volunteer driven, no one receives a salary or fee.
“I am reminded every year during Spirit Week how truly incredible Garland’s employees are,” says Scott Craft, Garland vice president and general manager. “Even after doing this for 10 years, our employees are still just as enthusiastic and giving as they were the first year.”