How Does Your Firm Celebrate the Holiday Season?

October 12, 2011

As the temperature begins to drop and the leaves start to fall I find myself thinking about the holidays that will be upon us all too soon.

If your company is like most you will celebrate the holidays with a company wide or department holiday party. Having spent some 25 years in the corporate world I have attended many holiday shindigs, they were always fun but pretty shallow at the same time. The best part of the party was usually the next day when the scuttle butt about who over indulged and who made fools of themselves in various ways (and you know who your are) would rapidly make the rounds.

As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December’s bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same.

As a youngster my parents taught me that the holiday season was about Good Cheer, Bringing Tidings of Joy, Acts of Kindness, Good Will to Men, Peace on Earth, Loving, Sharing and Charity by Giving Back to the Community and the Less Fortunate. I wish I could say that I always remember to think of the holidays in those terms, but like many people this time of year sometimes looses its meaning.

Does your company subscribe to the “real” meaning of the holidays when it comes to your party? You can you know. …

We at Recipe For Success have developed a way for you and your firm to give back this holiday season. Our Cooking For a Cause program is designed to bring people that work together a unique way to celebrate together. Instead of your normal Holiday party, Cooking for a Cause offers a fun way to celebrate and give back to your local community.

Cooking For a Cause is a three prong program where everyone cooks food for a local charity…

First, we prepare a hot dish like Lasagna.

Second, we make lunch bags for children. The bags consist of PB&J sandwiches, fruit, and a healthy snack. We make the Peanut Butter from scratch.

Third, we stuff Family Bags full of staple items to help fill the pantry’s of those less fortunate than we are.
We invite a representative from the charity to come to the gathering and give a short talk on how they will use your donation and the state of Hunger in America and your local community.

Just how important is this notion of “giving back”…

The U.S. poverty rate reached 15 percent in 2010, the highest level in almost 20 years — and it would have been much higher without significant government support.

46.2 million people are living in poverty — defined as below $22,000 for a family of four — is equal to the population of California and Colorado combined, an all-time high.

Last year, the homeless population grew by 56 percent — not among chronically homeless tent campers, but families with nowhere to go.

30,000,000 Children go to bed hungry each and every night

Please see our web-site for more details on Cooking For a Cause and our other Culinary Team Building events.
The Holidays are not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.

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