The Easter baskets filled with candy, jump ropes, stuffed animals and other spring treats lined the sidewalk on a sunny afternoon. There were 325 of them in all and no two of them were alike. Each one of them had been filled with care by an employee of AT&T’s volunteer group, the Pioneers.
This Easter, for the fifth year in a row, the Pioneers filled Easter baskets with love for The Salvation Army. Some will be delivered to children that live at our Center of Hope shelter. They will brighten their Easter morning for these children who don’t have a permanent place to call home. They will lighten the burden for a mother or father who is working hard to get back on his or her feet.
“We want to be helpful and bring some cheer to the kids for the holiday,” said John Ward, President of AT&T Pioneers. “We are blessed to work for a great company so we are always willing to share.”
Other baskets will go to members of our Boys & Girls Club who are working hard to do well in school. The Salvation Army Corps church will also receive baskets in time to celebrate the real meaning of Easter on Sunday morning.
The Pioneers are the world’s largest group of industry-specific employees and retirees dedicated to community service. They volunteer more than 15 million hours each year, responding to the individual needs of their communities.
The local group of Pioneers, 250 members strong, have been responding to many needs of our community. They have been supporting The Salvation Army for a number of years with a variety of projects. They’ve adopted Angles from our Angel Tree at Christmas, donated coats in winter and held toiletry drives to help the homeless.
Thank you Pioneers for your willingness to share your love with the community. Your generosity shines through in each basket.